93% of security pros unequipped to detect threats

Among security professionals, 93% lack the tools to detect known security threats, and 92% say they are still in need of the appropriate preventative solutions to close current security gaps.

These are the main findings of a survey by LogRhythm which covered more than 300 security professionals and executives.

Findings also show that 75% of security professionals now experience more work stress than just two years ago.

“Now, more than ever, security teams are being expected to do more with less leading to increasing stress levels. With more organisations operating under remote work conditions, the attack surface has broadened, making security at scale a critical concern,” said James Carder, CSO and VP of LogRhythm Labs. “This is a call to action for executives to prioritise alleviating the stress and better support their teams with proper tools, processes, and strategic guidance.”

When asked what causes the most work-related stress, the two most selected answers were not having enough time (41%) and working with executives (18%). Also, 57% of respondents indicated their security program lacks proper executive support — defined as providing strategic vision, buy-in and budget.

Further, security professionals cited inadequate executive accountability for strategic security decision as the top reason (42%) they want to leave their job. An alarming statistic, given nearly half of companies (47%) are trying to fill three or more security positions.

“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,” said Joanne Wong, VP for International Markets, LogRhythm.

“In addition to expanding the security team size, implementing smarter detection-focused tools could significantly help security professionals to better analyse network traffic and user behavioural data and speed up threat detection and remediation,” said Wong.

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