Top Five Insights from CyberEdge's 2019 Cyberthreat Defense Report

CyberEdge is pleased to announce availability of its sixth annual Cyberthreat Defense Report (CDR). Click here to download your copy now.

The CDR has garnered considerable media attention and accolades over the years. It’s unlike any research report in the IT security industry. Rather than supplying statistics on specific cyberattacks and data breaches (which many of our sponsors do quite well), we provide deep insight into the minds of IT security professionals.

Now in its sixth year, the CDR has become a staple among IT security leaders and practitioners by helping them gauge their internal practices and security investments against those of their peers – now across 17 countries and 19 industries. Simply put, there is no other report of its kind.

Top Five Insights for 2019

As always, our latest CDR installment yields dozens of actionable insights. But the following are the top five takeaways from this year’s report – at least in our eyes:

  1. Security analytics poised for success. 2019 could well be known as the year that security analytics hit its stride. The greatest inhibitor to IT security’s success is contending with too much security data. Our research participants identified security analytics as the most-wanted security management and operations technology for 2019.
  2. Application development migraines. For the second consecutive year, IT security organizations struggle with application development and testing more than any other security process. And application containers are, once again, the Achilles’ heel of IT security organizations.
  3. Ransomware on the rise. Last year’s ransomware stats were ugly. This year’s stats are even uglier. The percentage of organizations victimized by ransomware is up, the percentage of organizations paying ransoms is up, and the percentage that lost data by refusing to pay ransoms is up, as well.
  4. Machine learning garners confidence. More than 90% of IT security organizations have invested in machine learning (ML) and/or artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to combat advanced threats. More than 80% are already seeing a difference.
  5. Web application firewalls rule the roost. For the second consecutive year, the web application firewall (WAF) claims the top spot as the most widely deployed app/data security technology.

Download the 2019 CDR Report

Click here to download the full 50-page report. CyberEdge is grateful for its Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors, for without whom this report would not be possible:

  • Platinum sponsors: Code42, DXC Technology, Gigamon, and Imperva
  • Gold sponsors: Aqua Security, LookingGlass, Recorded Future, and StackRox
  • Silver sponsors: Arctic Wolf, Bandura, CTERA, DisruptOps, Edgeworx Solutions, and Illusive Networks


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