[ISN] Canadian security professionals unsure about defenses, Ponemon study finds

http://www.itbusiness.ca/news/canadian-security-professionals-unsure-about-defenses-ponemon-study-finds/49183 By Candice So itbusiness.ca June 5, 2014 A little over half of Canada’s IT security professionals aren’t very confident about their ability to defend against attacks – and 77 per cent of them aren’t getting the support they need from the C-suite to protect confidential data. That’s according to a new survey from the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Websense Inc., a security solutions provider. Researchers polled 236 IT administrators in Canada to find out more about the challenges they face, as well as what’s keeping them up at night. Respondents had an average of nine years’ experience in the field. Strikingly, 56 per cent of those polled said they don’t feel their organization is protected from hackers mounting advanced attacks. Another 59 per cent said they felt they had the power to stop confidential information from leaking outside of their organization, while 43 per cent said they felt they understood the scope of threats their organization is facing. And most tellingly, 36 per cent said one or more significant attacks had hit them in the past year, though just 29 per cent said they were sure they had lost confidential data due to a cyber attack. Twenty-seven per cent said they didn’t know exactly hackers had stolen. […]