The single biggest road block to any organization deciding to embrace managed security services is often the concern of the internal IT organization for their reputation and value. Many IT teams view getting external help as a sign of weakness. That can be doubly problematic if there are dedicated cybersecurity resources within their organization. At the same time, the effort and expense required to secure IT environments is starting to rapidly accelerate as breaches become common in organizations of all sizes.
A new global survey of 1,600 IT professionals who are actively involved in IT security within their organization finds the rise in sophisticated malware, lack of talent, and budget constraints are all increasing cybersecurity fatigue. Fatigue opens the door to increased vulnerability.
The survey, conducted by Trustwave, finds that 54% of IT professionals experienced more cybersecurity pressures in 2017 than ever before.
Sources of cybersecurity stress
The sources of cybersecurity stress can be primarily attributed to increases in both the volume and sophistication of attacks.
- Preventing malware infestations (22%)
- Identifying vulnerabilities (17%)
- Phishing attacks (13%)
These are all significant contributors to higher levels of stress.
Interestingly, the source of the stress within those organizations is changing. C-level executives, board members, and business owners are cited as the primary source of stress by 39% of total respondents. Pressure is now also coming from direct managers too: jumping 8% since 2016. It appears that responsibility for maintaining cyber security is being pushed deeper into organizations.
Interestingly, the survey also notes a decrease in pressure to roll out IT projects without a proper cybersecurity review. A full 42% of respondents felt less pressure to roll out projects before security concerns were addressed. That means 58% still do feel some pressure in that regard, but it appears some progress is being made in terms of securing applications before they get deployed in a production environment.
Gaining comfort with outside help
A third of respondents say they already partner with outside specialists. Another 45% say they plan to in the future. This suggests more IT professionals are seeing how collaborating with specialists helps them address this issue cost effectively while reducing their vulnerabilities. Engaging managed security specialists help them:
- Compensate for skill shortages (31%)
- Deploying and operating complex security technologies (30%)
- Drive security automation (28%)
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