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Third of IT Professionals Would Fail to Identify the Attacks That Matter PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2016
A study, conducted by Countercept by MWR InfoSecurity, has revealed that 33% of IT professionals spoken with believe they do not have the skills, people or technology to identify the attacks that matter. When asked to pinpoint why threats get through defences, 62% blamed the overwhelming threat landscape citing that they can't protect everything all of the time. The National Crime Agency estimates the cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is billions of pounds per annum.

The poll, conducted during Infosecurity Europe, asked 301 IT security professionals their views of their organisation’s ability to detect and deflect attacks. While the overwhelming threat landscape scored highest, pointing the finger of blame at an employee was also popular (cited by 51%,) closely followed by how quickly threats change (50%.) A lack of resources was also considered a key element to an organisation’s inability to prevent attacks getting through defences (46%.)

“Many security solutions focus wholly on cyber attack prevention, but determined attackers will always find a workaround. That’s why prevention alone is not enough, and perhaps why the people spoken with during this study felt ill prepared,” suggests Peter Cohen – Strategic Director of Countercept. “The reality is that the odds are very much stacked in the hackers favour, with organisations playing catch up as they try to anticipate an attacker’s next move, trying to stay one step ahead instead of always constantly behind. But it’s not easy.”

A separate study, conducted by the UK Government, confirms the scale of challenge organisations face; citing that two-thirds of big UK businesses had been hit by a cyber attack in the past year, with a quarter of large firms experiencing a cyber breach at least once a month.

Peter concludes, “A recent report from the National Crime Agency estimates that the cost of cyber crime to the UK economy is billions of pounds per annum – and growing. This is a worrying trend and one that can’t be ignored. The issue for many organisations is that they’re trying to prevent everything, when the focus should be shifted to identify the attacks that can actually cause damage. Organisations need to identify the critical data, systems and applications within the organisation and monitor them to detect and respond to cyber attacks. Analysis of log files, network traffic and the endpoint systems themselves is an absolute must to reverse the tables and identify the attacks that matter.”

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