Tenable Network Security surveyed “700 security practitioners across seven key industry verticals and nine countries” that produced “a single report card score that represents overall confidence levels of security practitioners that the world’s cyber defenses are meeting expectations.”  The “2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card” from Tenable with research partner CyberEdge Group included these comments about the Cloud Darkening:

Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) were two of the lowest scoring Risk Assessment areas in the 2016 report. SaaS and IaaS were combined with platform as a service (PaaS) for the 2017 survey and the new “cloud environments” component scored 60% (D-), a seven point drop compared to last year’s average for IaaS and SaaS.

The Report Card included these comments about Mobile Morass:

Identified alongside IaaS and SaaS in last year’s report as one of the biggest enterprise security weaknesses, Risk Assessment for mobile devices once again dropped eight points from 65% (D) to 57% (F).

Here are all 10 takeaways:

  1. Risk Assessment
  2. Cloud Darkening
  3. A Mobile Morass
  4. New Challenges Emerge – Two new IT components were introduced for 2017 — containerization platforms and DevOps environments.
  5. Web App Security: Room for Improvement?
  6. Security Assurance Steady
  7. India Claims the Top Spot -New to the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, India debuted with the highest overall score at 84% (B), while last year’s leader, the United States, fell two points to second place with 78% (C+).
  8. Japan Lacking Confidence
  9. Education and Government Behind the Pack – Of the seven industries analyzed in the 2016 study, Education and Government earned the lowest overall scores. These two industries placed near the bottom again in the 2017 study, with Education remaining steady at 64% (D) and Government dropping three points to 63% (D).
  10. Retail Takes the Lead Over Financial Services and Telecom

Hopefully 2017 will be better, but given the daily headlines of cyber intrusions that’s probably unlikely!