The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016

Industry summaries

Explore The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016 findings by industry for a snapshot of the frequency and sources of cybersecurity incidents, their impacts and costs within sectors. The industry summaries also provide an overview of how organisations are responding to rising cyber-risks by boosting information security budgets and adopting innovative technologies like cloud-enabled cybersecurity, Big Data analytics and advanced authentication.

Financial services

While the number of cybersecurity incidents detected by financial services respondents dropped slightly in 2015, organisations boosted information security budgets over the year before. Find out how financial services firms are addressing top challenges like assessments of third-party partners’ security capabilities, increasing use of mobile devices and apps, and an escalation in attacks by foreign nation-states, organised crime and activists/hacktivists.

Retail and consumer

Retail and consumer companies are taking decisive action to bolster their cybersecurity capabilities. Many are moving to strengthen their cybersecurity posture by implementing technologies such as cloud-based cybersecurity, advanced authentication and Big Data analytics. Learn how retail and consumer respondents are securing payment channels, addressing risks of business partners and benefiting from elevated roles of the CISO and Board.

Public sector

As the number of security incidents reported by public sector organizations surges, many are taking proactive steps to enhance and advance their cybersecurity programs. They are implementing technologies such as Big Data analytics and cloud-based cybersecurity, and are collaborating with others to share cyberthreat intelligence. Click here to learn more about what public sector agencies are doing to improve their cybersecurity capabilities.

Industrial products

Manufacturing stands on the threshold of profound change: The confluence of cloud computing, Big Data analytics, sensor-based technologies, 3D printing and robotics is beginning to transform the way products are developed, manufactured and sold. This interconnected ecosystem of data-driven technologies—essentially, the Internet of Things (IoT)—will bring enormous efficiencies but it also will open new avenues of cybersecurity risks. Read how industrial products companies are responding to these cyberthreats

Entertainment, media and communications

This year’s entertainment, media and communications (EMC) respondents reported a 17% increase in incidents over the past 12 months. EMC organisations are responding by taking action to bolster their cybersecurity capabilities. Read how they are implementing safeguards such as cloud-enabled cybersecurity, risk-based security frameworks, and information sharing with external partners.


In 2015 telecommunications respondents reported a 45% increase in detected information security incidents over the year before. Learn how Telecommunications organizations are addressing escalating cyber-risks by implementing technologies such as cloud-based cybersecurity, Big Data analytics and advanced authentication.


Cybersecurity and privacy has become a driving issue for automotive organisations as security incidents accelerate and a combination of new risks associated with product lifecycle management, supply-chain partners, consumer privacy and connected vehicles are introduced. Click here to learn how automotive organisations are strengthening their cybersecurity programmes.


Over the past 12 months, technology companies detected twice as many information security incidents than in the year before. Read how they are addressing rising risks—and preparing for new threats associated with the Internet of Things—by proactively implementing solutions such as cloud-based cybersecurity, advanced authentication and Big Data analytics.

Power and utilities

Power and utilities organisations face a dramatic increase in attacks by sophisticated adversaries such as nation-states and organised crime, as well as more typical compromises by employees. Learn how they are improving their cybersecurity capabilities by implementing technologies such as cloud-based cybersecurity and Big Data analytics, as well as addressing the human aspects of cybersecurity.

Healthcare payers and providers

In the wake of high-profile healthcare data breaches, payers and providers are addressing rising cybersecurity risks by implementing technologies such as cloud-based cybersecurity, advanced authentication and data analytics. Read how they are also adopting risk-based cybersecurity frameworks and certification policies with critical vendors to improve their cybersecurity programmes.

Oil and gas

Oil and gas organisations reported more information security incidents than any other industry in 2015. Learn how survey respondents are adopting cloud-based cybersecurity services and data analytics to address the growing threat of cybercompromise and prepare for risks associated with the Internet of Things.

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences respondents reported a 78% increase in security compromises to information like employee and patient data, intellectual property, clinical trials results and information generated by health-monitoring devices. Learn how these organisations are implementing new technologies and processes to address rising risks and prepare for the Internet of Things.

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