The security data and survey directory

Security data. Everybody needs it. Lots of companies and organizations are producing it. Here's where to find it.

Survey statistics and research studies are a great way to help you recognize impending threats and emerging attack vectors. Data can even help you identify and substantiate the need for specific budgetary increases to the C-suite. So we've compiled this list of where to find research-backed data you can use.

Where possible we've made note of some key facts about each survey to help you decide its potential value: the number and type of respondents, who sponsored the survey (if a security product or service vendor was involved, which could influence the perception of bias), and whether the report requires registration or a fee.

Most recent update: 5/31/2011 Have suggestions about additional data sources? Email CSO editor Derek Slater at Data sources will be added, removed or modified at the whim of the editor. signup page for more.

Many thanks to Shawna McAlearney for compiling the bulk of the initial directory.

Thanks also to the mailing list, a forum for discussing security metrics, quantification and modeling. List members have helped suggest data sources for inclusion. See the list's

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Risk Management and Security Leadership

State of the CSO 2010: Progress and Peril Conducted by: CSONumber of respondents: 2009 results2008 results

Today, as organizations come to grips with a wide swath of risks, the 2010 State of the CSO survey shows those organizations are rapidly adopting a more sophisticated view of security. Of course, there's more work to be done—most prominently in the areas of security metrics and awareness programs.

In-depth reading on risk management

Global Risk Management Survey, Sixth Edition: Risk Management in the SpotlightConducted by: DeloitteSponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: Responses from 111 financial institutions worldwide with more than $19 trillion in total assets.

2009 survey looks at risk management during economic downturn and finds more than half of firms falling under Basel II requirements reported they were nearly in compliance or had already complied. Also, only 24 percent have a defined and approved enterprise-level statement of the firms risk appetite; 72 percent of firms with ERM programs reported that the quantifiable benefits exceeded its costs.

An index of ERM survey data

The Enterprise Risk Management Initiative (at NC State's College of Management) rounds up articles covering ERM research.

Global Risk Management Survey, Sixth Edition: Risk Management in the SpotlightConducted by: DeloitteSponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: Responses from 111 financial institutions worldwide with more than $19 trillion in total assets.

2009 survey looks at risk management during economic downturn and finds more than half of firms falling under Basel II requirements reported they were nearly in compliance or had already complied. Also, only 24 percent have a defined and approved enterprise-level statement of the firms risk appetite; 72 percent of firms with ERM programs reported that the quantifiable benefits exceeded its costs.

Security Survey Spotlights Consumers' Influence on Enterprise ITConducted by: InsightExpressSponsored by: CiscoNumber of respondents: 512 IT security professionals across the U.S., Germany, Japan, China and India.

Survey of IT pros from 5 counties compares threat perception, technologies and tools used. For example, nearly one third perceive unauthorized users as the primary IT risk.

Social Networking or Reputational Risk: 2009 Ethics & Workplace Survey Conducted by: Opinion ResearchSponsored by: Deloitte LLPNumber of respondents: 2,008 employed adults and 500 business executives.

Many companies are using social networking to build their businesses; however, it can also hurt companies. A survey finds 58 percent of executives believe the reputational risk of social networking makes it a boardroom issue but only 15 percent are taking it to that level.

The Index of Cyber SecurityConducted by: Dan Geer and Mukul PrateekRespondents: "Publication will commence when 100 respondents are in hand and active; the target survey population is 300."

"A sentiment-based measure of the risk to the corporate, industrial, and governmental information infrastructure from a spectrum of cybersecurity threats. It is sentiment-based in recognition of the rapid change in cybersecurity threats and postures, the state of cybersecurity metrics as a practical art, and the degree of uncertainty in any risk-centered field."

Also see Security metrics: Critical issues

Attack Vectors

Security Intelligence ReportConducted by: Microsoft

"Investigation of the current threat landscape. It analyzes exploits, vulnerabilities, and malware based on data from over 600 million systems worldwide, as well as internet services, and three Microsoft Security Centers."

Conducted periodically with earlier reports still available for download.

IBM X-Force ReportsMethodology: Data compiled through IBM managed servicesRegistration required

- Trend and Risk Report published twice per year

- Threat Insight Report podcast and transcript produced quarterly

Trustwave Global Security Report 2011Methodology: Data from Trustwave's SpiderLabs unit.Registration required Federal Cyber Security Outlook for 2010 SurveyConducted by: Clarus Research GroupSponsored by: LumensionNumber of respondents: 201 Federal government IT security decision makers.

A lack of collaboration across IT and security is increasing the risk of the Federal government's ability to defend against sophisticated attacks, according to the survey. Additionally, 74 percent working in national defense and security expect a cyberattack by a foreign country in the next year.

The Symantec Global Internet Threat ReportConducted by: SymantecOrigin of data: More than 240,000 sensors in more than 200 countries and territories monitor attack activity; malicious code intelligence from more than 133 million client, server, and gateway systems; Symantecs distributed honeypot network; the Symantec Probe Network; MessageLabs Intelligence; more than 8 billion e-mail messages; more than 1 billion Web requests; and an extensive antifraud community.

Study researches attack trends, future threats and the effect of the economic downturn on security. Among other highlights, it reported that 60 percent of identities exposed came from hacking attacks—the majority of which came from a single attack.

MessageLabs Security Intelligence ReportsOrigin of data: MessageLabs sensors

Analyzes origins and nature of email-based security threats and attacks. Updated frequently.

CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey 2009 Conducted by: CSISponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: 443 information security and information technology professionals in United States corporations, government agencies, financial institutions, educational institutions, medical institutions and other organizations. Cost: $185.00

Password sniffing, financial fraud and malware infection increased, but average losses caused by security incidents are down from 2008. The survey includes attack information, details about respondents' security programs, end-user security awareness training and much, much more.

The 2010 Survey will be available in late November.

2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey&Survey ResultsConducted by: CSO in cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service, Software Engineering Institute CERT Program at Carnegie Mellon University and Deloitte.Sponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: 523

Comprehensive 2010 survey reports that 37 percent of respondents believe that the number of cybersecurity events experienced in the last 12 months has increased. Of those, 50 percent believed the attack was caused by an outsider.

The 2010 State of Cyberethics, Cybersafety, Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. SurveyConducted by: Zogby International Sponsored by: National Cyber Security AllianceNumber of respondents: 1,003 teachers, 400 K-12 school adminstrators and 200 technology coordinators.

Survey targets teachers, school administrators and technology coordinators in an effort to understand whether students are receiving adequate guidance to use digital technology and the Internet in a safe and responsible manner. Thirty-nine percent of teachers responded that over the last 12 months they'd taught students how to make decisions about sharing personal information online; 33 percent about the dangers of social networking sites; 30 percent about watching for online predators; and 28 percent about what to do if they receive harassing messages.

What Security Issues Are You Currently Facing?Conducted by: RSASponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: Nearly 150 C-level executives and professionals charged with directing, managing and engineering security infrastructures.

The RSA Conference Survey 2009 reported an increase in e-mail phishing (72 percent) and Web-borne malware (57 percent). The survey also found IT pros were quite concerned about zero-day attacks (28 percent) and rogue employees as a result of layoffs (26 percent).

IT Security Spending, Budgets & Priorities

The Global State of Information Security 2011Conducted by: CSO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIONumber of respondents: More than 12,000 CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CSOs, vice presidents and directors of IT and information security from 130 countries. 2010 results - PDF2008 results2007 results2006 results2005 results2004 results2003 results

Analysis of respondents' challenges and approaches to cloud security, secure business partner relationships, and more.

2010 TMT Global Security Study Conducted by: Deloitte's Information & Technology Risk Services practiceSponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: Nearly 150 TMT organizations around the world.

This fourth edition of Deloitte's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Global Security Study examines key areas of security and privacy and finds that information security spending is modestly bouncing back after a decline in 2009.

Deloitte 2010 Global Security Survey: The Faceless ThreatConducted by: Deloitte's Global Financial Services Sponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: 350 major financial institutions.

Of 19 options, nearly half of respondents chose identity and access management as their top security initiative for 2010. The survey also examines data loss and regulatory compliance priorities.

2010 Update: What Organizations Are Spending on IT SecurityConducted by: GartnerSponsored by: UnsponsoredOrigin of data: Information taken from a number of Gartner reports.

Efficient security will allow IT to safely cut security budgets by 3 percent to 6 percent through 2011, according to a Gartner study. Researchers say those with either very mature or recently updated security programs will save even more. Study also looks at security spending and "platforms" versus "best of breed" options.

Insights from Deloitte's 2009 Global Shared Services SurveyConducted by: DeloitteSponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: 265 shared services leaders representing 702 individual shared services centers with a median annual revenue of $10.5 billion.

Cost reduction was highlighted in this survey: 72 percent of respondents said it was one of their top three priorities over the next 2 years. Also, 57 percent plan to increase the number of advisory processes in shared services in the same period.

Information Security Spending Survey: 2009 Results (Impact of the Recession)Conducted by: Joint effort between MetroSITE Group and Pacific Crest Securities.Sponsored by: UnsponsoredNumber of respondents: 53 top security professionals worldwide.brand protection.

Governance, compliance, mobility and identity and access management will continue to receive funding, according to a 2009 survey. IT security spending is primarily being driven by compliance, followed by threat reduction and

2010 Top Five Total Rewards Priorities SurveyConducted by: Deloitte Human CapitalSponsored by: Deloitte and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit SpecialistsNumber of respondents: 292 diverse employers.

A look at job security and other employee/employer priorities during the 2010 financial crisis.

Physical Security, Fraud and Loss Prevention

Report to the NationConducted by: Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersSponsored by: UnsponsoredOrigin of data: Based on 959 cases of occupational fraud reported by the CFEs who investigated and resolved them.

2008 study examines occupational and other fraud incidents—it finds the typical occupational scheme lasts 2 years and results in a median loss of $175,000.

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