Press Release

Report: Majority of Organizations Unable to Effectively Detect and Respond to Cybersecurity Threats

62% of IT security pros say detecting advanced threats is top challenge

ATLANTA, Aug. 15, 2017 - ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, has partnered with Crowd Research Partners to release the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report. According to the new report, 62% of IT security professionals surveyed named advanced threat detection as their biggest cybersecurity challenge.

The 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report shares detailed information gathered through a comprehensive online survey of more than 400 cybersecurity professionals. The report sheds light on the various aspects of security threat management by measuring organizations’ progress with threat monitoring, detection and response.

“This new research report is timely, because it shows that organizations are missing important opportunities to detect cybersecurity threats before they become business disruptors,” said Mark Carl, CEO, ControlScan. “A big part of the problem is that in-house IT teams lack the necessary manpower and, in many cases, the specialized knowledge to effectively defend against today’s attacks.”

The report points to specific organizational shortcomings in several key areas:

  • Nearly half (49%) do not employ people with the necessary cybersecurity skills and/or training;
  • Only 39% are utilizing an advanced endpoint security solution to combat ransomware;
  • About one-quarter (23%) admit they have no idea how long it would take their organization to recover from a cyber attack; and
  • A miniscule 10% leverage threat intelligence to educate their general workforce.

“A lack of advanced security staff, low security awareness among employees, and slow speed of threat response are leaving organizations vulnerable,” said Holger Schulze, founder of the Information Security Community on LinkedIn. “The cybersecurity threat landscape is rapidly advancing and organizations must shore up their threat management efforts to effectively address it.”

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About the Survey

The 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report is based on the results of a comprehensive online survey of over 400 cybersecurity professionals to gain more insight into the latest security threats faced by organizations and the solutions to detect, remediate, and prevent them. Respondents’ company sizes were evenly distributed, with 42% representing organizations of 1,000 or more employees and 34% representing organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Various industries were represented, including retail, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, professional services, government and more.

About ControlScan                                                  

ControlScan managed security and compliance solutions help secure networks and protect payment card data, providing a more streamlined path to authentic PCI compliance. Our “We’ve Got Your Back” promise supports thousands of companies by combining deep-seated expertise with superior technologies for services such as managed UTM firewall, network log monitoring and management, and advanced endpoint security. Processors, acquirers, ISOs and payment facilitators also utilize our strategic PCI compliance programs to reduce portfolio risk and strengthen merchant relationships. Headquartered in Atlanta, ControlScan is globally connected through a worldwide base of customers, partners and strategic alliances. For more information about our company and its solutions, please visit

About Crowd Research Partners

Crowd Research Partners creates unique, fact-based thought leadership content that delivers market insight and benchmarks for today’s cybersecurity professionals to inform and guide planning, purchasing and implementation decisions. For more information visit