Enterprises to face cybersecurity job shortage: Juniper

Enterprises to face cybersecurity job shortage: Juniper

Bengaluru,dhns: Juniper Networks on Thursday announced that enterprises face cyber-security skills shortage and majority will face challenges of automating it.

In a report on the 'Challenge of Building the Right Security Automation Architecture', organised along with with the Ponemon Institute, companies understand the crucial role of automation they are experiencing challenges with determining how, when and where to automate..

By 2021, fighting cybercrime will cost businesses globally more than $6 trillion annually and there will be 3.5 million unfilled security jobs, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Echoing this issue, 57% of survey respondents say they are unable to recruit the skilled personnel needed to deploy their security automation tools.

As cybercriminals continue to automate attacks without being subject to the same regulations and compliance constraints, organizations are struggling with understaffed security teams, manual processes, disparate systems and complex policies that leave them buried in low value tasks.

“The cybercrime landscape is incredibly vast, organized and automated – cybercriminals have deep pockets and no rules, so they set the bar,” said Amy James, Director of Security Portfolio Marketing at Juniper Networks.

“Organisations need to level the playing field. You simply cannot have manual security solutions and expect to successfully battle cybercriminals, much less get ahead of their next moves. Automation is crucial," said James.

The growing threat landscape and security skills gap facing cybersecurity teams demand that organizations implement automation for a stronger security posture. Respondents recognise this growing importance and how automation can improve productivity, address the growing volume of threats and reduce the rate of false positives.

The top two benefits of security automation, according to respondents, are: increased productivity of security personnel (64%) and automated correlation of threat behavior to address the volume of threats (60%). Also, 54% of respondents say these automation technologies simplify the process of detecting and responding to cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

Vendor Sprawl is Creating Chaos

Today, security environments are more complex and cybercriminals are more determined than ever, yet organizations are utilizing security solutions built on stand-alone security tools, resulting in vendor sprawl and ineffective security strategies.

Organisations now recognize that the ability to integrate disparate security technologies is the main challenge to achieving an effective security automation architecture, according to 71% of respondents.

Skills Shortage is a Barrier

As a result of this vendor sprawl, security practitioners are finding themselves bogged down for nearly two hours each day processing alerts, events and logs to find malicious activity, according to the study.

This leaves them with limited manpower to implement critical automation technologies and results in diminishing security postures. On top of that, the market is dry when it comes to skilled security personnel.