A research from cybersecurity services provider LogRhythm revealed that 93% of security professionals lack the necessary tools to detect cyberthreats and 92% stated that they are still looking for suitable preventative solutions to mitigate the security gaps. The research report “The State Of The Security Team Are Executives the Problem?” highlights that 75% of security teams now experience more work stress compared to two years ago.
Lack of Executive Support
The research also stated that the stress of security teams increases when there is no executive leadership to guide, with 57% of respondents admitting that their security program lacks proper executive support to provide strategic vision, buy-in, and budget. 42% of security pros cited inadequate executive accountability for strategic security decisions as the top reason they want to leave their job.
Redundant Security Tools
According to the research, 68% of respondents admitted their organization has deployed redundant security tools and 56% confessed that this overlap is accidental. Despite duplicative tools, 58% of respondents said they still need increased funding for tools as an additional support for their security programs.
“Security professionals rate the value of solution consolidation highly, citing 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%). Yet only one in three companies (32%) have a real-time security dashboard which provides a clear, consolidated view of all their security solutions,” the report stated.
How to Reduce Stress
LogRhythm asked respondents about ways that would help reduce their stress, the responses include:
- Increased security budget (44%)
- Experienced security team members (42%)
- Better cooperation from other IT teams (42%)
- Supportive executive team (41%)
- Fully staffed security team (39%)
All employees, from the CEO to the frontline IT worker, need to feel that they play a significant role in maintaining the security of the company for which they work. Now, more than ever, security teams are being expected to do more with less leading to increasing stress levels. With more organizations operating under remote work conditions, the attack surface has broadened, making security at scale a critical concern. This is a call to action for executives to prioritize alleviating the stress and better support their teams with proper tools, processes, and strategic guidance.
– James Carder, CSO and VP LogRhythm Labs
The findings are based on the responses from 308 security professionals and executives from organizations located in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.