Armis has released a report that sheds light on the global election cybersecurity landscape. Among surveyed IT leaders, 66% express a lack of confidence in the United States government’s ability to defend citizens and enterprises from cyberwarfare. With election season upcoming, IT leaders believe cyberwarfare could be a notable concern. 39% of IT leaders report that cyberwarfare could influence the electoral process’s integrity, and 42% believe the media could be impacted. 

At the same time, a majority of IT leaders report confidence in their organizations’ abilities to manage cyberwarfare incidents, with 95% expressing preparedness to respond to these threats. However, the report suggests that many U.S. organizations are unprepared for such a reality. 

  • 54% have a contingency plan in the event that a cyberwarfare threat is detected. 
  • 18% report prioritizing nation-state attacks. 
  • 31% devote 10% or less of IT budgets to cybersecurity. 

Meanwhile, the threat of cyberwarfare persists. 30% of organizations in the U.S. have reported two cyber breaches in the last year. The report found that among organizations that have reported cyberwarfare incidents, many fell into the following sectors: 

  • Healthcare, medical or pharmaceutical, which accounts for 60%. 
  • Utilities, energy and water, which accounts for 43%. 
  • Manufacturing and engineering, which accounts for 41%. 
  • Government or public sector agencies, which accounts for 37%.