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Cisco Cybersecurity Report Series

Our latest study reveals CISO successes, shortcomings, and future challenges.

Benchmark study results

What we cover in the latest report

For those charged with information security, such as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), this report will educate you on the state of your profession as it relates to keeping your organizations safe.

We surveyed more than 3000 security leaders across 18 countries, from organizations of 100-499 employees to large enterprises and the public sector.

Alert management remains a struggle for many organizations. Only 24.1% of alerts that were investigated turned out to be legitimate, down from 34% in 2018.

While there are challenges, we've seen some measurable successes, and more than 50% of respondents are driving breach costs below half a million dollars.

Vendor consolidation is on the rise. In 2019, 63% of respondents had 10 or fewer vendors in their environment (up 9% from last year), leading to fewer alert orchestration challenges. 

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More cybersecurity reports

Threat report: defending against today's critical threats

In our recent threat intelligence report, we analyzed the past to anticipate future cybersecurity trends.

Cisco 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study

Learn about privacy, data protection trends, and best practices for enterprise governance, risk, and compliance in the 2019 Cisco Data Privacy Benchmark Study.

Small and mighty

Announcing the first-ever special edition cybersecurity report for small and midsize businesses.

About the Cisco cybersecurity report series

Over the past decade, Cisco has published a wealth of security and threat intelligence information for security professionals interested in the state of global cybersecurity. These comprehensive reports have provided detailed accounts of threat landscapes and their effects on organizations, as well as best practices to defend against the adverse impacts of data breaches.

In our new approach to thought leadership, Cisco Security is publishing a series of research-based, data-driven studies. We've expanded the number of titles to include different reports for security professionals with different interests. Calling on the depth and breadth of expertise from threat researchers and innovators in the security industry, the 2019 series includes the Data Privacy Benchmark Study, Threat Report, and upcoming CISO Benchmark Study. Other reports will be released throughout the year.