CISOs are starting to express dwindling confidence in protecting all attack vectors, according to research by Check Point.
Check Point’s global survey of CISOs indicated “CISOs’ confidence in security goes down as the number of cyber attacks, assets to secure, and the number of vendors’ solutions used in their environment increases.”
At least 92% of survey respondents indicated that growing IT complexity (i.e. remote work) is making security more challenging. Attack surfaces have expanded as organizations adopt public cloud computing and SaaS applications. Ransomware shows no signs of slowing down with threat actors only getting more creative and more sophisticated when it comes to new types of cloud attacks.
Adding to the dwindling confidence, security teams are frequently understaffed and overwhelmed trying to meet business needs while protecting their organization against attacks.
Almost all survey respondents (99%) use solutions from multiple security vendors and agree managing them is challenging, making securing their organization more complex. Managing and integrating multiple solutions from different vendors takes time, resources, training, operation overhead, and increased budget – all things most security teams are in short supply of.
Approaches to today’s security challenges:
According to Check Point, here are some approaches to today’s security challenges:
A Consolidated Architecture: A unified architecture will reduce operational overhead and more easily allow organizations to address security challenges.
Prevention Technology: Relying on detection-only technology and human remediation can be disastrous; organizations should adopt an active threat prevention approach to block attacks before they cause damage to the system.
Automation & Planning: Security protections need to work at machine speed to stop malware that operates in milliseconds. Automating processes creates efficiencies and improves security team effectiveness.
Visibility & Control: For security teams to react in real-time to prevent cyberattacks and minimize the damage to their organization, a single view of the entire environment is needed to improve visibility and control. A centrally managed security infrastructure eliminates visibility silos and helps improve defenses, according to Check Point.
Agility & Enablement: Dev-opps teams oftentimes will release solutions without proper security rather than waiting. Security teams need to operate at the same speed and effectiveness as other parts of the organization and serve as a business enabler.
Organizations must be agile and protect all IT assets and the data stored within them. A holistic cyber security strategy that addresses today’s cyber security challenges by eliminating complexities and inefficiencies, sealing security gaps, and protecting organizations from both known and unknown threats is recommended.