What aspects of network survivability are the most important?

The Network Survivability Survey was conducted by Market Research Media throughout the months April and May 2015 and encompasses responses from a wide array of system administrators worldwide. The purpose of the survey was to collect information about the top cyber security trends, challenges, key initiatives, and current tools being used. A total of 430 responses were received. Respondents were not required to answer all of the questions to complete the survey, and many questions allowed for multiple answers. The survey respondents were primarily system and security administrators, both from government and private sector. The survey results are compared against similar survey conducted in 2013.


  • Detectability – the inability to avoid being detected for cyber attack.
  • Susceptibility – the inability to avoid being hit by cyber attack.
  • Vulnerability – the inability to withstand the cyber attack.
  • Recoverability – post-cyber attack damage control and capability restoration.

Survey results show how opinions of respondents shifted in two years:

  • The importance attributed to detectability and vulnerability has increased significantly. In practical terms it could mean that more budgets will be allocated to deception solutions (like decoy networks) and strengthening system defenses.
  • Attributing less importance to susceptibility and recoverability probably means that not much could done beyond the current network capabilities for business continuity and disaster recovery.

The findings of this survey reflected in the following cyber security market reports:

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