Unauthorized users will attempt to access proprietary data at more than half of the middle market businesses polled by the proprietary RSM US Middle Market Business Index survey in the first quarter—up significantly from 47 percent in 2018—illustrating that companies continue to battle the moving target of cyberthreats afflicting organizations of all sizes.
At the same time, some 93 percent of executives polled in the survey said they are confident in their organization’s current measures to thwart attacks on critical information at their businesses.
Daimon Geopfert, national leader, security and privacy consulting at RSM, said this confidence speaks to a growing information gap between C-suite executives and their information technology teams that deal with day-to-day incidents on the ground.
Meanwhile, actual data breaches at middle market companies are creeping up as well; 15 percent of companies polled for the MMBI said they experienced a breach in 2018, compared with 13 percent a year earlier.
Read the March issue of The Real Economy to learn more, and stay tuned for the full RSM MMBI Cybersecurity Special Report, due out in April.