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Survey: 45 Percent of Executives Can't Understand Cybersecurity Reports

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Apr 1, 2016
DevilComputerA recent survey of more than 1,500 business leaders in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan, and Scandinavia has found that 45 percent of them cannot interpret cybersecurity reports. Among the 10 percent of respondents the survey identified as highly vulnerable to cyber attacks, this number climbs to 91 percent. 

The survey also found that two out of five, or 40 percent, of respondents felt that if their company was hacked, it's not their responsibility. The survey's authors, a cybersecurity firm called Tanium, said this is indicative of what it calls a growing "accountability gap" in companies, one it said needs to close in order to properly address IT security. 

“At the board level, there is ignorance and a sense that ‘techies’ should take care of
that. It is a technical problem, which is of course completely wrong,” says Esther Dyson,
a Silicon Valley investment visionary. “I have seen it bite people. They need to learn.
More and more companies are looking for a cyber expert. Of course, having a cyber
expert on your board does not mean much other than you might take it a little more
seriously.”