65% of IT staff spend a quarter of their time restoring data, cleaning systems

Sixty-nine percent of IT staff report that a successful cyberattack led to system downtime and loss of productivity, according to a Malwarebytes survey.

The report, titled Cyber Security Needs Attention and conducted by IDG Connect, surveyed more than 200 senior IT staff working at organizations in the United States.

Alongside lack of productivity, 59 percent also felt that a loss of confidence amongst customers and business partners was a serious consequence.

Here are four more of the report's findings.

  • The majority of respondents already have cybersecurity defenses in place, including firewalls (87 percent), anti-virus/malware software (81 percent), web/email filtering platforms (62 percent), endpoint protection solutions (61 percent) and identity access management tools (58 percent).
  • In the last year, between 80 percent and 90 percent of IT staff have experienced a worm or virus, at least one internal incident of unauthorized system access or an advanced persistent threat. Phishing (79 percent) and ransomware (64 percent) also impacted organizations.
  • Around 65 percent of IT staff spend more than 10 hours each week cleaning applications and systems of viruses and restoring lost or corrupted data from backups.
  • Around 70 percent of IT staff spend more than 10 hours each week deploying security patches and identifying networking, application and system vulnerabilities.

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