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Survey: 66 Percent of Energy IT Professionals Say They Can Detect Data Breach on Mission Critical Systems Within One Week or Less

Tripwire survey examines views of energy security professionals at EnergySec Security Summit


Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, today announced the results of a survey of 104 attendees at the EnergySec 10th Anniversary Security Summit in Austin, Texas from August 18-22, 2014.

Industry research shows most breaches go undiscovered for weeks, months or even longer. Despite this evidence, 23 percent of respondents said their organization could detect a data breach on critical systems in 24 to 48 hours, while 24 percent said it would take three days, and 19 percent said within a week. 66 percent of respondents were confident that they could detect a data breach on critical systems within a week, 10 percent said it would take a month, nine percent said it would take three months and fifteen percent said they were not confident the could detect a breach.

“The survey results reflect a surprising optimism,” said Steven Parker, president of EnergySec, a non-profit organization formed to support organizations within the energy sector in securing their critical technology infrastructures. “Attack detection is a critical capability, and I think there is much more work to be done in this area than most organizations realize.”

According to the Mandiant 2014 M-Trends® 2014: Beyond the Breach threat report, the average time required to detect breaches is 229 days. The report also states that the number of firms that detected their own breaches dropped from 37 percent in 2012 to 33 percent in 2013.

“I always say that trust is not a control, and hope is not a strategy,” said Dwayne Melancon, chief technology officer for Tripwire. “Unfortunately, this data suggests that a lot of energy security professionals are far too hopeful about their own cybersecurity capabilities.”

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