Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 65 | Page 22



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Few things stand the test of time . But when he was US Secretary of State for Defence , Donald Rumsfeld gave a speech which contained perhaps one of the most well-remembered , and often quoted phrases from the recent past :

“ We know there are known unknowns ; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know . But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don ’ t know we don ’ t know . And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries , it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones .”
A bit of a tongue-twister perhaps but the essence of what Mr Rumsfeld said can be applied to all walks of life .
When it comes to cybersecurity , IT landscapes are complex , often untamed and usually unpredictable . There are many known unknowns , and there are even more unknown unknowns . In an environment where attack surfaces are increasing as fast as a workforce is dispersing and cyber criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated in their methods of attack , CISOs and IT security professionals alike are balancing on the precipice of losing control of their users , data , assets and being unable to protect their infrastructure .
BlueFort ’ s 2022 CISO Survey , which spoke to 600 UK CISOs , revealed the extent of the challenge , stating that many admit to lack of visibility , intelligence and control over much of their organisation ’ s estate . Over half ( 57 %) admitted that they do not know where all their data is , or how it ’ s protected .
What security challenges , if any , have you experienced in the last 12 months ?
( Bluefort CISO Survey 2022 )
• An increase in unbacked up data : 36.69 %
• We have lost track of movers , joiners and leavers : 36.03 %
• Increase in dormant email accounts : 35.70 %
• Gaps in staff cybersecurity awareness and knowledge : 34.55 %
• Lost data on leavers ’ machines : 33.22 %
• Concerns with supply chain partner cybersecurity : 32.73 %
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