More tales of woe for enterprise network security, report warns

The vast majority of enterprises are struggling when it comes to protecting critical network assets from cyber threats, according to a new study from Endace.

The report, Challenges of Managing and Securing the Network 2019, which polled senior executives at more than 250 large enterprises globally, found an overwhelming sense of concern among respondents. More than four in five (81%) said they did not have enough monitoring tools in the right places on their network, while a similar number (80%) said ‘alert fatigue’ was a key issue.

Concerns did not stop there either. An even greater number of respondents (91%) said a significant challenge was integrating solutions to streamline processes, increase productivity and reduce complexity, while 90% said slow, complex CAPEX purchasing cycles were harming their flexibility in defending their networks.

While accepted practice is that it is a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ with regards to breaches and network security, forewarned is forearmed may be a better aphorism. When it came to specific tools, email security (82%) was the most commonly used, ahead of anti-virus and anti-malware (80%) and endpoint security (72%). Naturally, the larger the organisation, the more tools and appliances they had deployed. 15% of companies polled said they have AI- and machine learning-based security tools installed – a figure whose potential rise is one to watch in the coming years.

Yet a gap remains; 95% of organisations polled said protecting their networks was a ‘significant’ challenge. 5% said they investigated more than 5000 potential security issues per month, with the majority, more than two thirds, exploring less than 500.

“This research shows organisations urgently need to streamline their approach to security to enable rapid and cost-effective deployment,” said Cary Wright, VP of product management at Endace. “Moving to a common, open analytics platform to host a range of security solutions is a key tactic for better security.”

You can read the full report here (email required).

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