The survey, Holding the Line Against Cyber Threats: Critical Infrastructure Readiness Survey, reveals that the critical infrastructure providers surveyed are pleased with the results of their efforts to improve cybersecurity over the last three years, but at the same time many (72%) said that the threat level of attacks was escalating. Almost half of all respondents (48%) believe it is likely that a cyberattack on critical infrastructure, with the potential to result in the loss of human life, could happen within the next three years.
Survey results suggest there may be a disconnect between critical infrastructure providers and the current threat landscape.
The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne, interviewed 625 IT decision makers with influence over their organization’s security solutions in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States (250 interviews in the US and 125 in each of the UK, France and Germany).
Respondents were from private and public organizations (minimum of 500 employees), with particular focus on the critical infrastructure sectors of energy (139 respondents), transport (130 respondents), finance (159 respondents) and government (128). Questionnaire surveys, such as the one conducted by Vanson Bourne and Intel Security, collect data at a single point in time and are limited in their ability to collect complex and nuanced responses. Furthermore, they are not independently able to support long-term conclusions.