Rod Holmes, vCISO, The Crypsis Group.
Financial services organizations consistently outspend most of their vertical sector peers in cybersecurity staff, tools and associated investments, but the cyber hits just keep coming. According to our recent report, the financial services industry received the highest number of business email compromise (BEC) attacks in 2019 and the second-most cyber incidents across all types, following the healthcare sector.
For years, financial services has led the pack in cybersecurity spending. In 2015, for example, a Homeland Security Research study concluded the U.S. financial services cybersecurity market was the largest and fastest-growing nongovernmental market in cybersecurity.
In 2019, financial services companies dedicated between 6% and 14% of their annual IT budgets to cybersecurity (an average of 10%), according to a Deloitte study. (Current recommendations are between 4% and 10%; however, most companies fall short). In light of increasing Covid-19-related threats, these institutions plan to