IT and C-level leaders point fingers at each other over cyber defense

IT managers disagree with chief executives over who is responsible for a cyber security breach, according to a survey released Thursday.

The survey — of a group of 221 chief executive officers and other C-level executives and another group of 984 IT decision makers — found that each group largely believes the other group is responsible in the event of a breach.

In the survey, 35% of C-level respondents said IT teams would be responsible in a breach, while 50% of IT leaders think that responsibility rests with their senior managers.

Also, IT managers estimate a single cyber attack will cost their business nearly twice what top-level executives estimate. The IT managers put the cost of a single attack at $19 million, compared to the C-suite estimate of about $11 million.

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