Lumeta/LTM Research Q1 2016 Survey: 90 Percent of IT Professionals Say They Must Detect Cybersecurity Incidents That May Lead To Breach Within One Day

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Current Industry Metrics Don’t Align With This Need; Real-Time Network Visibility Is Lacking



With these key impediments to network visibility, they don’t know what they are missing on their networks.

Lumeta Corporation, the leader in network situational awareness, today released the findings of a survey that targeted 5,000 U.S. IT executives responsible for network security and network management of large enterprise networks. The research revealed that, in terms of cybersecurity breach detection, there is a large disconnect between IT professionals’ needs and today’s realities. The overwhelming majority (90%) of IT professionals indicated they want to detect cybersecurity incidents that lead to breaches of their network within a day, 7% said less than one week would be an acceptable timeframe, 3% said less than one month. However, industry data shows the average duration of a breach is more than six (6) months.

Over 60% of respondents believe they are notified of the presence of rogue assets or activity on their network within 10 minutes. Despite this view, industry breach data again tells a different story. According to the Mandiant 2015 Threat Report, only 31% of companies detected breaches on their own, using internal resources. Others learned they were compromised from a third party, such as a supplier, customer or law enforcement.

“As industry data refutes some of the key statements made by respondents, I fear they may be falsely confident that their security program is adequately protecting their information assets,” said Reggie Best, chief marketing officer of Lumeta.

The research further revealed that 63% are particularly concerned about threats emanating from mobile, virtual and cloud assets – assets intermittently present in the network. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of IT professionals have difficulty identifying cyber threats fast enough from those transitory assets.

Nearly one-half of respondents say there are key impediments to attaining network visibility: 48 percent said the lack of comprehensive security intelligence available across the network, while 49 percent of respondents cited their inability to monitor every device on the network, particularly mobile or cloud instances.

“With these key impediments to network visibility, they don’t know what they are missing on their networks. It’s of little wonder that two-thirds of survey respondents are concerned that their companies are experiencing an undetected attack right now,” continued Best. “To combat malicious activity on their networks, organizations must incorporate capabilities to comprehensively understand all that is connected to their network, and have a real-time view of new assets as they join the network.”

The “Current Trends in Enterprise IT Network Security” survey of U.S. IT executives was conducted by independent research firm LTM Research on behalf of Lumeta.

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Lumeta’s network situational awareness platform is the authoritative source for enterprise network infrastructure and cybersecurity analytics. Available for both real-time monitoring and point-in-time auditing, Lumeta recursively indexes a network to identify and map every IP connected device, as well as uncover network segmentation violations and cybersecurity anomalies. For cybersecurity breach prevention and detection, threat intelligence is made actionable by utilizing the Lumeta platform to correlate a comprehensive index of IP address space against known threats. The foundational intelligence provided by Lumeta complements and optimizes existing network and security product investments by feeding them accurate, comprehensive network intelligence. Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, Lumeta has operations and clients throughout the world. More information is available at

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