2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection, and Response Report


Information security teams worldwide are increasingly concerned about the rapid growth of cyber threats. To address this concern and provide peer insights, Crowd Research Partners, in partnership with the 370,000+ member Information Security Community on LinkedIn, has conducted an in-depth study on several important threat lifecycle topics. This study is a summary of responses from over 400 cybersecurity professionals to provide a comprehensive snapshot on the evolving threat landscape, insider and external threats, preventative measures, threat monitoring and data collection, threat intelligence, threat detection, threat hunting, threat analytics, incident response, and incident recovery.
Some key findings include:

  • Dealing with advanced threats is the most significant concern for cybersecurity professionals: ransomware (48%), phishing attacks (48%) and attendant data loss (47%). The level of concern with these threat categories has grown significantly over the past 6 months.
  • Respondents noted significant challenges in responding to advanced threats - the most significant being the ability to detect threats (62%). Interestingly, survey participants also noted concerns with the lack of advanced security staff (41%) and slow speed of response (23%).
  • Insider threats continue to be a growing concern (51% perceived a growth in these threats over the past year) with inadvertent breaches (61%) identified as the leading cause. User training was identified by 57% of respondents as their leading method for combating such threats.

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