93% of security pros lack the needed tools

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 31 July, 2020

93% of security pros lack the needed tools

More than nine in 10 (93%) security professionals report lacking the tools to detect known security threats and 92% lack the appropriate preventive solutions to close current security gaps, research from LogRhythm suggests.

A global survey of around 300 security professionals also found that the majority (57%) of respondents believe their security program lacks adequate executive support.

This lack of inadequate executive accountability for strategic security decision is the top reason (42%) given by security professionals who want to leave their job.

Meanwhile, 75% of security professionals report facing more work stress now than they were under two years ago, with the top causes of work-related stress being not having enough time (41%) and working with executives (18%).

This dissatisfaction could be one of the causes of the finding that 47% of companies are currently trying to fill three or more security positions.

“As businesses across the world accelerate digital adoption to ensure operations continue to run seamlessly following the onset of COVID-19, the pressure on cybersecurity teams to perform are even higher than before,” LogRhythm VP for International Markets Joanne Wong said.

“However, the outstanding challenge with the shortage of cybersecurity talents, where Asia Pacific faces a huge 2.6 million shortfall, means that there is an urgent need to help relieve the pressure from security professionals, in order for them to be more efficient and effective in their job.”

When asked what would help alleviate their stress and improve satisfaction, the top responses included an increased security budget (44%), experienced security team members (42%), better cooperation from IT teams in other business lines (42%), a more supportive executive team (41%) and a fully staffed security team (39%).

The research also found that 68% of respondents admit to their organisation deploying redundant security tools, with 56% doing so accidentally.

This could be why respondents rate the value of IT consolidation highly. Security professionals rate the top benefits as less maintenance (63%), faster issue detection (54%), identification (53%) and resolution (49%), as well as lower costs (46%) and improved security posture (45%).

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