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Australian CISOs more at risk of cyberattacks compared to global counterparts

Australian CISOs more at risk of cyberattacks compared to global counterparts

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Proofpoint,  a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, has released its annual Voice of the CISO report, which explores key challenges facing Chief Information Security Officers in Australia and around the globe.

While CISOs around the world spent 2021 coming to terms with new ways of working, Australian CISOs fell behind global counterparts when it came to feeling in control of their environment: 77% of Australian CISOs say their organization is unprepared to detect, deter and recover from a cyberattack – the highest in 14 countries surveyed and up 21% from 2021. 

“As high-profile attacks disrupted supply chains, made headlines, and prompted new cybersecurity legislation, 2021 proved to be another challenging time for CISOs around the world,” said Lucia Milică, Vice President and Global Resident CISO at Proofpoint.

“As the impact of the pandemic on security teams gradually fades, our 2022 report uncovers a pressing issue. As workers leave their jobs or opt out of returning to the workforce, security teams are now managing a host of information protection vulnerabilities and insider threats.”

Australian CISOs not only feel more unprepared, but 68% also feel their organization is at risk of suffering a material cyberattack in the next 12 months compared to 48% of CISOs globally.

In addition, 76% of Australian CISOs consider human error to be their biggest cyber vulnerability.

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