More firms say they prioritise cybersecurity, but a significant number are still putting themselves at risk by not doing enough.

Why is it so hard for us to pay attention to cybersecurity?

With a daily deluge of cyberattacks, hacking incidents, data breaches and malware campaigns, it appears that – finally – many organisations now understand that cybersecurity is an important issue that needs to be taken seriously from the board down.

Figures in the 2019 Cyber Security Breaches Survey from the UK government suggest that around three-quarters of businesses and charities believe that cybersecurity is a high priority for their organisation’s senior management. For businesses, the figure is 78 percent, with charities slightly behind on 75 percent.

The number of organisations that view cyber security as a very high priority stands at four in ten businesses, while a third of charities also categorise cybersecurity as a high priority for directors, trustees and senior management. All of those figures are up compared with last year, suggesting that cybersecurity is increasingly viewed as important as any other part of the organisation.

But still: if three quarters of organisations view cybersecurity as a high priority, then around a quarter don’t rate it as important. Indeed, 20 percent of businesses say that cybersecurity is seen as a fairly low or very low priority, with 22 percent of charities saying the same.

It’s the food and hospitality sectors that are most likely to not promote cybersecurity as a high priority. While it might be tempting for some organisations – especially those outside of data-intensive sectors like finance, technology and education – to think that they can avoid investment in this area because they won’t be of interest to attackers, it’s more likely that the opposite is true.

This article originally appeared on zdnet.com.  To read the full article, click here.

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