While a majority of U.S. business executives rank cyber risk as their top organizational concern, fewer than half have adopted even basic preventive measures, according to results of an industry survey.
Cyber risk has risen to become the top concern in the U.S. and few risk experts believe governments are equipped to handle the threat. Among 1,200 executives who participated in the survey, 59% said they worry some or a great deal about cyber, and 25% said their company has been a cyber victim, up 150% since 2015.
The top three specific concerns cited by survey respondents included security breaches, system glitches, and unauthorized access to bank accounts.
Yet only 61% of these leaders said they felt extremely or very confident in their company’s cyber practices. The survey found that 43% said their company has a written business continuity plan in the event of a cyberattack, and 48% said their company has adopted multifactor authentication to mitigate the risk.
The need for heightened attention and action regarding cyber protection has only increased with the rise of employees working remotely. An easy way to begin would be to require simple preventative measures, such as requiring multifactor authentication – as in using a one-time dedicated passcode as a secondary verification of identity – to gain access to websites or files.
They say the first step in getting yourself out of a hole is to stop digging. The wise business leader acknowledges and addresses issues before they become problems. If the state of your cyber security preparation is troubling you, don’t wait to find out how problematic it can become. Invest the time and resources to fortify your protection now.
Contact the professionals at Evergreen Insurance for guidance on cyber security.
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