4 Signs Your Threat Detection Tools Are Holding You Back

Does your cybersecurity team run out of hours each day to deal with alert and network data analysis? Welcome to the club. A recent report by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) shows that 79% of security teams feel “overwhelmed by the volume of threat alerts.” 

The impact goes beyond just having a stressed team. The 2020 CIISec report revealed that 54% of IT security professionals either left their role due to overwork and burnout or know someone who has. 

How can you reduce employee stress, improve retention and security? By solving for scale.

Let’s look at the root causes and explore a solution that reduces your team’s stress and scales your operations while improving your cybersecurity posture. 


1. Your Team Is Juggling Too Many Cybersecurity Tools.

One of the main reasons why the workload of many cybersecurity specialists is so massive is the proliferation of IT tools used. Research shows companies deploy an average of 47 different cybersecurity solutions and technologies. 

Additionally, a Ponemon Institute report showed 53% of IT security leaders don’t even know if the detection tools they are using are working, despite investing $18.4M each year.

When security professionals need to explore threat data in dozens of different tools, it’s no wonder alerts get missed, and breaches occur.


2. Your Team Is Drowning In Threat Detection Data.

Every one of those siloed network and cybersecurity tools produces logs and alerts by the thousands. 

Research by Imperva found that 27% of security professionals receive more than one million threat alerts daily, and 55% reported 10,000+ per day. That’s a massive amount of data that these tools say should be looked at by experienced IT professionals. 

Unfortunately, manually analyzing this amount of information is physically impossible and a root cause why 31% of all security alerts go uninvestigated, according to Ponemon Institute.


3. Your Team Can’t Prioritize Threat Detection Alerts.

According to a Ponemon Institute study, the top two reasons potential threats don’t receive the remediation attention they deserve are “the lack of visibility of threat activity across the enterprise” and the “inability to prioritize threats.” 

And they’re right. The overwhelming number of alerts your team receives daily makes it impossible to prioritize them by severity and urgency

It all comes down to the same root cause: too much data and not enough time or people to analyze it. Human effort alone cannot scale to solve this problem.


4. You Don’t Have Enough Qualified Cybersecurity Staff To Analyze And Address Alerts.

When you have dozens of tools compiling millions of data points that require analysis, you keep throwing more people at the problem.

But in doing so, you face another critical issue in scaling your operations– you can’t find qualified cybersecurity professionals to address and remediate threats because of the workforce shortage. 70% of respondents in ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity 2020 Report say fewer than half of their cybersecurity applicants are well qualified.

Even the best cybersecurity software stack in the world can’t do it all for you. You need qualified candidates to take the data over the finish line and do something with it.


Making The Workload Manageable

If these pain points sound familiar, there’s a good chance your current cybersecurity threat detection tools are holding you back from scaling your operations. But don’t stress– there is a solution. 

CISOs can help their team replace manual effort with intelligent automation that reduces the data deluge to a handful of actionable cases. The bonus? An autonomous SIEM not only enhances your security posture but can also answer a slew of challenges faced by CISOs and cybersecurity teams. 

Want to learn more? Download The CISO’s Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce SG&A and Improve Security Through Automation now!



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