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2006 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey Released

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 17, 2006

Click here to download the PDF.  Here are the Key Findings:

Virus attacks continue to be the source of the greatest financial losses.  unauthorized access continues to be the second-greatest source of financial loss. Financial losses related to laptops (or mobile hardware) and theft of proprietary information (i.e., intellectual property) are third and fourth. These four categories account for more than 74 percent of financial losses.

Unauthorized use of computer systems slightly decreased this year, according to respondents.

The total dollar amount of financial losses resulting from security breaches had a substantial decrease this year, according to respondents. Although a large part of this drop was due to a decrease in the number of respondents able and willing to provide estimates of losses, the average amount of financial losses per respondent also decreased substantially this year.

Despite talk of increasing outsourcing, the survey results related to outsourcing are similar to those reported in the last two years and indicate very little outsourcing of information security activities. In fact, 61 percent of the respondents indicated that their organizations do not outsource any computer security functions. Among those organizations that do outsource some computer security activities, the percentage of security activities outsourced is rather low.

Use of cyber insurance remains low, but may be on the rise.

The percentage of organizations reporting computer intrusions to law enforcement has reversed its multi-year decline, standing at 25 percent as compared with 20 percent in the previous two years. However, negative publicity from reporting intrusions to law enforcement is still a major concern for most organizations.

Most organizations conduct some form of economic evaluation of their security expenditures, with 42 percent using Return on Investment (ROI), 21 percent using Internal Rate of Return (IRR), and 19 percent using Net Present Value (NPV). These percentages are all up from last year’s reported numbers. Moreover, in open-ended comments, respondents frequently identified economic and management issues such as capital budgeting and risk management as among the most critical security issues they face.

Over 80 percent of the organizations conduct security audits.

The impact of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act on information security continues to be substantial. In fact, in open-ended comments, respondents noted that regulatory compliance related to information security is among the most critical security issues they face.

Once again, the vast majority of the organizations view security awareness training as important. In fact, there is a substantial increase in the respondents’ perception of the importance of security awareness training. On average, respondents from most sectors do not believe their organization invests enough in this area.

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