This past week, a pair of separate research reports were released highlighting two different, yet complementary areas of security. On May 16, Infoblox released its 2016 Network Protection Survey, detailing some of the best practices used by leading organizations to reduce risk and improve security. On May 17, Soha Systems released its Third Party Advisory Group 2016 IT Survey Report, providing insight into how organizations view third-party risks.

The Infoblox report identifies some of the key characteristics for improved security outcomes, including focusing on strategy more than tactics.
Infoblox found that leading organizations are 2.3 times more likely to focus on strategic elements of technology rather than just tactical implementation.

Also of note is the finding that leading organizations are more likely to deploy a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform and overall are more proactive about security intelligence than bottom-tier organizations.

The Soha Systems report, in contrast, looks at third-party risk and found that 63 percent of all data breaches are linked to third parties.

The Soha study also found an interesting contradiction—more than half (53 percent) of survey respondents indicated they would feel personally responsible if a breach occurred in their area, though only 8 percent were worried they would get fired for such a breach.
In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the two studies.