2013 TMT Global Security Study

To find out what businesses are doing to fight back, we surveyed executives from over 120 of the world’s largest TMT companies. The results are both surprising and enlightening. This report highlights the key information security challenges that TMT organizations face today, and offers a number of fresh and practical insights to help the good guys come out on top.

This year the top security initiative for TMT organizations is security strategy and roadmap (where regulatory compliance was the top initiative last year) and the top concerns for TMT organizations are third party security risks and employee awareness. Now the big question is what to do next to manage growing security threats and new technologies while finding ways to maintain and strengthen security in a hyper-connected world where third parties and digital supply chains are an integral part of their business models.

Investing in information security

Top three security initiatives:

  • Information security strategy and roadmap
  • Information security training and awareness
  • Mobile security

Dealing with external threats

Top three threats 2013

  • Security breaches at third parties
  • Denial of Service attacks
  • Employee errors and omissions

People and technology

Top three vulnerabilities:

  • Number and type of third parties
  • Increased usage of mobile devices
  • Lack of sufficient awareness with employees

Third-party security risk

Top three actions:

  • Control third-party access to data
  • Identify third-party security capabilities, controls, and organizational dependencies
  • Increase the cyber awareness of suppliers and business partners
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