UK receives ‘C’ grade for cyber security readiness

Tenable Network Security, Inc., the continuous network monitoring firm, has disclosed that for the UK’s 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card they have received an overall ‘C’ grade.

Information security practitioners from the UK were asked about confidence in their respective organisations’ abilities to assess risk, invest in appropriate tools and successfully respond to cyber threats, scoring 73 per cent overall – an underachieving “C.”

One of the big problems they found was with mobile device security. Their ability to assess cyber risks related to mobile devices were graded a failing ‘F’.

Cloud vulnerability management and risk assessment is another concern for Brits, with the ability to assess risks in cloud infrastructure (IaaS) and cloud services (SaaS) earning a “D”.

“What this tells me is that UK security pros have a fairly realistic idea of where they stand when it comes to overall cyber readiness, and they believe there is a lot of room to improve,” said Gavin Millard, EMEA technical director, Tenable Network Security.

“Attackers are breaching the world’s cyber defences seemingly at will, and organisations of all kinds are feeling the strain,” said Millard. “As we move into 2016, hopefully all parties will continue to come together to assess cyber security risks, build robust defences and mitigate attacks.”


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