Extortion, the Cloud, and the Geopolitical Landscape – Black Hat 2018 Survey Results
At Black Hat 2018, AlienVault surveyed attendees on diverse topics ranging from how to react to extortion, what impact the geopolitical landscape is having on the industry, and whether the shiny veneer of the cloud is beginning to fade. The report is based on asurvey at the AlienVault booth of 963 participants at Black Hat 2018 and interviews with security experts.
- 36% say the current geopolitical landscape is having a positive impact on security practices in their organization
- 54% believe U.S. public sector infrastructure is either unprepared or very unprepared to defend against cyber threats (with 20% saying the U.S. is “very unprepared”)
- 25% say if their business was contacted by hackers claiming to have stolen their data, they would not be confident in their business’ ability to call their bluff or not
- 38% believe the CISO should be the one to negotiate with hackers/extortionists demanding a ransom (more than any other position)
- 44% say that (primarily due to security concerns) their business is considering moving certain operations, apps or data back to on-premises from the cloud