Antivirus software company ThreatTrack Security recently found that the majority of IT security professionals said they're "optimistic" of their organization's ability to stop data breaches will improve in 2015.

ThreatTrack Security's "2015 Predictions from the Front Lines," which included responses from 250 IT security professionals at companies with at least 2,000 employees, revealed that 94 percent of respondents said they are optimistic their organization's ability to prevent security breaches will improve in the coming year.

The ThreatTrack Security survey also showed that 81 percent of respondents said they would "personally guarantee that their company's customer data will be safe in 2015."

Other survey results included:

  • 70 percent of respondents said they plan to invest in advanced cybersecurity defenses for rapid detection of sophisticated malware next year.
  • 68 percent said they believe their organization is more likely to be the target of a cyber attack next year.
  • The types of threats that organizations are most concerned about in 2015 are advanced persistent threats (APTs) (65 percent), targeted malware attacks (61 percent) and spear phishing attacks (42 percent). Companies fear mobile threats (22 percent) least.

"Now is the time of year when security vendors and analysts make their predictions about what 2015 will bring, but we decided to go directly to the people who are actually in the trenches dealing with the latest cyber attacks and defending their organizations' data on a day-to-day basis," ThreatTrack Security CEO Julian Waits Sr. said in a prepared statement.

"What we found is that security professionals are supremely confident that their ability to defend against data breaches and advanced malware threats will improve in 2015," he said.

CISOs are becoming more important in organizations

Recent IBM (IBM) research showed that chief information security officers (CISOs) are becoming increasingly important in organizations worldwide, and the ThreatTrack Security survey highlighted the impact of these C-level security executives too.

ThreatTrack Security survey researchers pointed out that 95 percent of security staffers said they believe senior management will be more responsive to their team's security recommendations in 2015, which suggested that CISOs are becoming more successful at driving improvements in enterprise cybersecurity.

The survey also showed that IT security professionals at companies that employ a CISO are twice as likely (24 percent to 12 percent) to anticipate spending the bulk of their time next year integrating new cybersecurity defenses into their organization's existing security infrastructure.

"Optimism seems rooted in [IT security professionals'] growing confidence in the leadership provided by their CISO and the fact that they expect to invest in new cybersecurity solutions, including advanced threat detection technologies and threat intelligence services," Waits added.

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