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Half of 310 companies surveyed report their organization experienced some kind of data breachor cyberattack in the last year. The figures were released in Sikich’s 2019 Manufacturing and Distribution Survey, which said 11 percent of respondents had major intrusions. The survey was conducted online in April.

However, Sikich said a majority of executives are confident they can prevent or minimize these problems. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed were extremely or very confident of their ability to handle these situations while the figure rose to 74 percent for larger companies. For organizations with less than $500 million in revenue, only 49 percent had the same optimism.

”This disparity may be due to great spending on cybersecurity by these companies,” the report concluded.

The report defines larger companies as those with more than $500 million in annual revenue while smaller companies fall below that threshold.

Sikich believes having a single person having sole or primary responsibilty for cyber security is a better than having it be one among several responsibilities. That practice “can ensure that cybersecurity receives the concentrated attention that it demands,” the firm noted. Sikich conceded this practice can prove difficult at mid-market companies with smaller IT practices. “In these companies, where resources aren’t readily available, it may make more sense to look at outsourcing the entire cybersecurity program,” the authors recommended.

However, responsibility for managing cybersecurity is not centralized at most companies. Among larger companies, only 45 percent report a single executive is responsible for managing area as their sole or primary responsibility and that plunged to 14 percent among small companies.

Sikich also asked respondents how they sell and deliver products. Forty-nine percent of companies use e-commerce. But of that group, many felt e-commerce has not lived up to their expectations.

Thirty-nine percent said ecommerce sales had exceeded expectations, 37 percent said those sales fell short. Larger companies were more disappointed with 56 percent saying ecommerce sales lagged expectations and only 30 percent said they exceeded them.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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