With the recent streak of widely publicized breaches of well-known companies, many organizations are examining their incident response (IR) capabilities. SANS conducted a survey earlier this year to explore what IR teams are up against – what types of attacks are most common, what defenses are most widely used, and what challenges IR teams face in their response efforts. The survey collected responses from 259 IT security professionals working in a variety of industries and in organizations of all sizes.

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See below for an infographic summarizing some of the results that we found most interesting. Do the key challenges ring true to what you are seeing in your organization? Feel free to post comments!

You can download the full survey report for more details and context into this year’s results.

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