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93% of Organizations Find the Execution of Essential Security Operation Tasks Challenging, Sophos Survey Finds


Among these difficulties, 75% of people have trouble determining the underlying causes of an incident, leaving them open to more malicious activity.

The State of Cybersecurity 2023: The Business Impact of Adversaries on Defenders, a new survey report from Sophos, a global leader in cybersecurity innovation and as-a-service, found that 93% of organisations around the world find it difficult to carry out some crucial security operation tasks, like threat hunting. Understanding how an assault occurred is another one of these problems; according to 75% of respondents, it might be difficult to determine the reason of an incident. Since 71% of those polled also mentioned difficulties with prompt remediation, this can make thorough repair challenging and leave firms vulnerable to repetitive and/or multiple attacks, either by the same or new adversaries.

Moreover, 71% cited difficulties prioritizing investigations and difficulties understanding which signals or alerts to look into.

“Only one fifth of respondents considered vulnerabilities and remote services a top cybersecurity risk for 2023, yet the ground truth is that these are routinely exploited by Active Adversaries. This cascade of operational issues means that these organizations aren’t seeing the full picture and are potentially acting on incorrect information. There’s nothing worse than being confidently wrong. Having external audits and monitoring helps eliminate blind spots. We can look at you the way an attacker does,”

John Shier, field CTO, commercial, Sophos

Other conclusions are as follows:

  • According to 52% of the firms questioned, current cyberthreats are too sophisticated for them to handle on their own.
  • 55% of respondents said that the time spent addressing cyberthreats has damaged the IT team’s work on other initiatives, and 64% wished the IT team could focus more of its efforts on strategic issues and less on putting out fires.
  • While 94% of respondents claimed to be engaging with outside experts to extend their operations, the majority continue to manage threats rather than adopt a fully outsourced strategy.

“Today’s threats require a timely and coordinated response. Unfortunately, too many organizations are stuck in reactive mode. Not only is this having an impact on core business priorities, but it also has a sizeable human toll, with over half of respondents stating that cyberattacks are keeping them up at night. Eliminating the guesswork and applying defensive controls based on actionable intelligence will let IT teams focus on enabling the business instead of trying to douse the eternal flame of active attacks.”

John Shier, field CTO, commercial, Sophos

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