Nearly a third of Australian organisations (32 per cent) have suffered a security breach in the past 12 months, prompted by a lack of interest from C-suite and directors at executive level.
In citing boardroom buy-in as the biggest security challenge facing businesses across the country, findings from the 2016 Security Exhibition and Conference Industry Survey claim local organisations are far from immune, with “a long way to go” to protect data and customers.
Following major security breaches by global companies such as LinkedIn this year, the report claims that 78 per cent of Australian businesses currently have a security incident plan in place, with 74 per cent monitoring social media for potential threats to security.
“The security industry survey is a plug into the challenges and opportunities facing all security professionals in Australia today; from installers and integrators to end users and consultants,” Security 2016 General Manager, Alanna Phillips said.
“These are the big issues for security leaders and the future direction of the security industry.”
Phillips said the biggest security challenge facing Australian organisations is a lack of interest from CEOs and directors, alongside time and resource pressures for employees.
In addition, staff and staff training was rated as being the most important security concern for companies during the next 12 months, with 70 per cent of respondents classifying it as either “important” or “extremely important”.
Phillips said this was followed closely by surveillance (63 per cent), civil conflict and public safety (62 per cent), and data breaches and cyber security threats (60 per cent).
“Australian organisations are closely monitoring their important assets, with 83 per cent of respondents saying that their organisation’s valuable assets are covered by video surveillance,” Phillips explained.
“CCTV and surveillance was deemed to have the greatest growth potential to the business, ranked as one of the top three security products or services with the most growth potential by 67 per cent of respondents.
“Integration and networking (46 per cent), mobile access and remote management (42 per cent), and IP security (38 per cent) were ranked closely behind as security technology with growth potential.”
Phillips said a lack of sales training, government regulation and cyber security threats were seen as the three top professional challenges faced by survey respondents today, followed by the convergence of physical IT and security, a lack of technical training, and lack of time and flexibility day-to-day as other important professional challenges.