As Cybersecurity Breaches Mount, IT Turns to Intelligence Exchanges

November 5, 2015

Faced with a steady stream of cybersecurity breaches, information technology professionals are participating more in threat intelligence exchanges, a survey from the Ponemon Institute has found.

The report, which the institute released Wednesday, found that 47 percent of the 692 information technology professionals surveyed had experienced a material cybersecurity breach in the past two years. Though the majority of the respondents were in the private sector, cyberthreats are becoming increasingly problematic for government agencies in the U.S. — last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said his state government faces 2.5 million cyberattacks every day.

Intelligence sharing — whether through vendors, industry groups or peer-to-peer exchange networks — can help deal with those attacks. The majority of the respondents, 81 percent, already use threat intelligence in one way or another. Most say that such information could have helped when their organizations were breached.

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