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Survey finds IT leaders increasingly focussed on PROACTIVE cybersecurity

12 June 2024

Australian IT leaders are increasingly focusing on proactive cybersecurity, according to a new survey released today.

In a survey conducted by Tenable, IT leaders said that, while the ability to respond to and recover from cyber incidents remained essential, they are now focusing more on preventing such incidents altogether. Preventative measures they are investing in include:

  • access controls and monitoring (64%)

  • regular software updates and patch management (64%), and

  • regular employee training and education on cybersecurity best practices (60%).

Dark Tide Rising

The most recent Australian Signals Directorate Report shows that cybercrime is on the increase for enterprises. On average, a new report is received every six minutes, up 23% year on year. The average cost of cybercrime has also increased by up to 14%.

Saving Ransoms, Reputations, Operating Costs

Adopting preventative cybersecurity measures isn’t only saving companies from the costs of cybercrime. Companies who take proactive steps say they are also benefiting from lower cyber insurance premiums. 44% of IT leaders experienced reductions ranging from 5% to 15%.

Reductions of that magnitude demonstrate that insurers too are recognising the effectiveness of proactive cybersecurity.

Proactive, Layered Defence

A proactive strategy for storing, transferring and securing data is essential for keeping cyberthieves at bay.  A layered approach - secure file transfer, secure content engines, secure digital rights management, and employee education – is the optimal way to prevent data breaches.

At Generic Systems Australia , we recommend the class-leading secure managed file transfer solution, GoAnywhere MFT , to keep data safe - at rest, and in transit. Coupled with our Advanced Threat Protection Bundle , we enable organisations to safely collaborate without exposing systems to the risks of malware gaining a foothold within their IT systems.

About The Survey

Tenable partnered with Pure Profile to collect data from more than 200 IT and cybersecurity leaders across the insurance, banking, education, healthcare and transport industries in Australia.


If you’d like to join the growing number of IT managers taking strong preventative measures to avoid cybercrime, please get in touch with me, Bradley Copson (mail to I’m always happy to have an obligation-free discussion, explain how simply we can transition you from outdated software and approaches, and offer you a zero-cost Proof of Concept.

At Generic Systems Australia, we’re your local experts in secure Managed File Transfer.

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