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IT security budget in 2018
Data provided by 44 respondents*
North America, IT & Telecoms, 1 000 employees
IT Security budget makes up 25% of the total IT spend
$ 4 462 358
$ 4 462 358
$ 33 750 000
Expected change to IT security budget in three years
+ 11 %
Security measures in place
Data provided by 47 respondents*
North America, IT & Telecoms, 1 000 employees
Threats experienced in the last 12 months
Data provided by 47 respondents*
North America, IT & Telecoms, 1 000 employees
Viruses & malware
Physical loss of devices or media
Data breach
Targeted attacks
Inappropriate IT resource use by employees
DDoS attacks
Electronic leakage of data from internal systems
Incidents involving non-computing, connected devices
Incidents affecting suppliers that the business shares data with
Incidents affecting third party cloud services used by the business
Incidents affecting virtualized environments
Inappropriate sharing of data via mobile devices
Incidents affecting IT Infrastructure hosted by a third party
Any cyberthreat
$ 1 274 428
Average cost of one incident

IT and telecoms companies, data centers and cloud infrastructures, are at the forefront of implementing the newest technological advances, but they are also at the forefront when it comes to encountering the most cyber threats. They have one of the highest rates of virtual infrastructure cyber incidents, not to mention the fact they have to fight off huge amounts of malware and encounter DDoS and similar attacks every day. This means that, besides building a multi-layered defense against malware, they should be using specialized security solutions optimized for virtual environments, and should invest in cyber-awareness training for their staff. Only complete fully-fledged cybersecurity solutions for data centers and cloud-based systems can ensure the continuity of service that is such an important customer consideration for these organizations when they are selecting or changing provider.

North America is one of the most developed regions from an IT and telecommunications standpoint, making this area a high priority for attackers armed with the latest cyberthreats. North American IT and telecoms companies regularly find themselves the subject of targeted attacks and encounter incidents on infrastructure hosted by third parties, during data exchange with partners, and with cloud services. So, North American telecoms companies should be ready to be 'early adopters' implementing all the latest IT security technologies e.g. anti-targeted attack solutions, cloud security, EDR and threat intelligence, as soon as they become available.

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*These statistics are based on results from an online survey of 6,687 business representatives from companies with up to 4,999 employees around the world, conducted in 2018 by Kaspersky and B2B International. Statistics based on less than 30 respondents should be used with caution, due to this being a low base.

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