Fortinet Survey Reveals Almost Half of IT Decision Makers in APAC Believe Board Members Still Do Not Treat Cyber Security as a Top Priority


Respondents expect their transition to the cloud, as part of an organization’s digital transformation journey, to be a catalyst for an increased focus on security

Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, recently announced the findings of its new Global Enterprise Security Survey. The research reveals that despite high profile cyberattacks continuing to occur, almost half of IT decision makers (ITDMs) at 250+ employee organizations in Asia Pacific still believe that business executives are not making cybersecurity a significant enough priority or focus. However, many IT professionals believe that the transition to the cloud as part of their organizations’ digital transformation will in turn make security a growing priority.

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Research Highlights:

Board members are not treating cybersecurity as a top priority: 44% of IT decision makers in APAC believe that IT security is still not a top priority discussion for the board. This doesn’t seem to affect budgets since 64% of enterprises stated that they spend over 10% of their IT budget on security, which is a high investment. 73% of the surveyed respondents said their IT security budget has increased from the previous year. Now, IT decision makers feel strongly that cybersecurity should become a top management priority with 79% of the respondents saying that the board should actually put IT security under greater scrutiny.


Three key drivers for cybersecurity becoming a top priority:

  • Increase in security breaches and global cyberattacks: In the last two years, 86% of APAC businesses have experienced a security breach, with the most common vector of attack being malware and ransomware for 48% of respondents. 58% of ITDMs said there has been an increased focus on IT security following global cyberattacks, such as WannaCry. The scale and profile of global cyberattacks is bringing security to the attention of the board. Security is no longer just an IT department discussion.
  • Increased pressure from the regulators: Another important driver of board awareness is the proliferation of regulation, 37% of respondents reported. With major fines threatening the bottom line, such as the impending GDPR compliance for European data, the board now has a mandate to take interest.
  • Transition to the cloud as a catalyst for security priorities: As organizations look at migrating to the cloud as part of their digital transformation, 80% of APAC IT security decision makers believe that cloud security is becoming a growing priority. 80% of the respondents also affirm that cloud security – along with the investment in security to support it – is becoming a key priority for the board. As a result, more than half of those surveyed (55%) are planning investment in cloud security in the next 12 months.

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Report Methodology

The 2017 Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey was undertaken on behalf of Fortinet by independent market research company Loudhouse to examine the changing attitudes towards security in business in July/August 2017. The global survey of IT decision makers with responsibility/visibility of IT security, received 1,801 anonymized respondents across APAC (Australia, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore) and 10 other countries (US, Canada, France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Middle East, South Africa and Poland). There were 100 respondents in each of the APAC countries to the online questionnaire. They were not aware of the purpose or sponsor of the report.

“Over the years, we’ve seen that cybersecurity has become a key investment for organizations, with more and more C-level executives considering it as part of their broader IT strategy. As organizations now embrace digital transformation and turn to technologies like the cloud, cybersecurity is no longer just an IT investment but a strategic business decision. In today’s digital economy, I expect the trend we’ve seen at the board level to accelerate with security being treated as a top priority within an organizations’ broader risk management strategy. By doing so, companies will be in a better position to succeed in their digital transformation efforts.” Said, Patrice Perche, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Support at Fortinet



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