The majority of companies (77 percent) continue to use or plan to use automation in the next three years, according to a Ponemon Institute and DomainTools survey. The biggest takeaway in this year’s study is that 51 percent of respondents now believe that automation will decrease headcount in the IT security function, an increase from…

83% of IT security professionals feel more overworked going into 2020 than they were at the beginning of 2019, and 82% said their teams were understaffed, according to a Tripwire survey. Hard to find skilled security staff The strain on cybersecurity teams is exacerbated by the inability to find experienced staff, and 85% acknowledged it…

Ransomware attacks on organizations are likely to continue unabated in the near term if the results of a new survey by Proofpoint are any indication. The security vendor recently polled 600 IT security professionals from around the world on trends related to phishing and other email-borne threats. The results showed that 33% — or nearly…

Two years ago, digital transformations had kicked into high gear, with new processes and product development moving ahead at breakneck speed. As IT and business fast-tracked initiatives like agile and DevOps to improve speed to market, security considerations were often left in the dust. At the time, Gartner predicted that 60% of digital businesses would…

Sisyphus could be the official mascot of security operations. Sixty-three percent of respondents to a recent ESG survey of 406 IT and cybersecurity professionals say that security operations is more difficult today than it was 2 years ago. Why? 41% of survey respondents point to the rapidly evolving and changing threat landscape, which is forcing…

On Christmas Eve, snow will fall, Yule logs will blaze, visions of sugarplums will dance in children’s heads, and in the eyes of zero-trust experts, countless security breaches will happen in homes around the world. Zero-trust security has blanketed IT like the snow Bing Crosby sang about. Based on the idea of maintaining strict access…

Organizational silos create unnecessary security risk for global businesses. The lack of security involvement in DevOps projects was reportedly creating cyber risk for 72% of IT leaders, according to Trend Micro. In an effort to better understand the DevOps culture, Trend Micro commissioned Vanson Bourne to poll 1,310 IT decision makers in SMB and enterprise…

Backdoors inevitably create vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious actors

73 percent of IT security professionals believe countries with government-mandated encryption backdoors are more susceptible to nation-state attacks. The Venafi survey on government-mandated encryption backdoors evaluated the opinions of 517 IT security professionals attending the RSA Conference 2019. “This is a tense moment for industry professionals because they know backdoors make our critical infrastructure more…

Can AI help bridge the IT security skills gap?

Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, taking with Oliver Tavakoli, CTO at Vectra Networks, and author of the Thinking Security blog on CSOonline.com, about the types of IT security work that can be off-loaded to artificial intelligence systems.