Security Outcomes Study, Volume 2

Discover five actionable, data-backed practices that can boost your security.

What's new in Volume 2

For this second edition of our Security Outcomes Study, we conducted an independent, double-blind survey of over 5100 IT professionals in 27 countries. We asked all respondents about their approaches to the five key drivers of cybersecurity program success, uncovered through extensive prior research.

Top 5 cybersecurity practices

According to our research, the five key drivers of cybersecurity program success are:

Be proactive about technology refreshes

Use well-integrated technologies

Respond quickly to incidents

Recover promptly from disasters

Detect threats early and accurately

Learn from your peers

Click the toggle to see how organizations are deploying modern architectures like zero trust and secure access service edge (SASE) to enable security operations.

Zero Trust Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)

Key findings from the report

Did you know integrated security technologies are seven times more likely to achieve high levels of process automation? In other key findings: 


Internal detection and response teams are twice as quick to respond compared to outsourced teams (six days versus 13 days). 


Organizations with well-integrated functions for identifying assets and risks are nearly 40 percent stronger at threat detection and response.


Companies are two times more likely to achieve business continuity by routinely employing chaos engineering.

Security Success Academy 4-part seminar series

Hear from Cisco Advisory CISOs and customers as they explore the fundamentals of a successful cybersecurity program based on findings from our Security Outcomes Study, Vol. 2.