The 2017 State of Cybersecurity


The security industry has reached a tipping point. Over the past few years, record cybersecurity investments have been met with an onslaught of data breaches led by a dramatic rise in insider-related incidents. Needing to protect their organizations and unsatisfied with current security tools, cyber professionals have admitted their most exposed weakness: an industry-wide inability to understand how their employees interact with critical data and IP.

In the 2017 State of Cybersecurity report, thought leaders at Forcepoint assert that the security industry is in need of a paradigm shift toward examining user behavior and intent. The report introduces the Cyber Continuum of Intent, which addresses the relationship between employees and their cyber activities, lending insight to characteristics and motivations that cause a normal, productive user to become the center of a breach.

The 2017 State of Cybersecurity report includes an in-depth look into:

  • How gaining visibility and the ability to understand the context behind user actions can prevent damaging breaches (intentional and unintentional),
  • The grouping of insiders into three types — accidental, compromised and malicious,
  • Factors that help provide the intent behind behavior, including security awareness, attention to detail, fatigue, job satisfaction and more.