IT Managers Overwhelmed Fighting Cyberattacks - Sophos

A global survey, The Impossible Puzzle of Cybersecurity, carried out by Sophos reveals IT managers are inundated with cyberattacks coming from all directions and are struggling to keep up due to a lack of security expertise, budget and up to date technology.


The survey polled 3,100 IT decision-makers from mid-sized businesses in the US, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, India, and South Africa.


The Sophos survey shows how attack techniques are varied and often multi-staged, making it harder to defend networks. One in five IT managers surveyed didn’t know how they were breached and the diversity of attack methods means no one defensive strategy is a silver bullet.


The wide range, multiple stages and scale of today’s attacks are proving effective. For example, 53 per cent of those who fell victim to a cyberattack were hit by a phishing email and 30 per cent by ransomware. Forty-one per cent said they suffered a data breach.


According to the Sophos survey, IT managers reported that 26 per cent of their team’s time is spent managing security, on average. Yet, 86per cent agree security expertise could be improved and 80 per cent want a stronger team in place to detect, investigate and respond to security incidents. Recruiting talent is also an issue, with 79 per cent saying that recruiting people with the cybersecurity skills they need is challenging.


Regarding budget, 66 per cent said their organisation’s cybersecurity budget is below what it needs to be. Having current technology in place is another problem, with 75 per cent agreeing that staying up to date with cybersecurity technology is a challenge for their organisation. This lack of security expertise, budget and up to date technology indicates IT managers are struggling to respond to cyberattacks instead of proactively planning and handling what’s coming next.

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