Trend Micro Survey Confirms Organisations Struggle With A Lack Of Security Talent And Tidal Waves Of Threat Alerts

Nearly 50 percent of organisations surveyed lack the necessary talent to maintain security measures

SYDNEY, 19 March, 2019Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today reported survey results that the ongoing and often detrimental shortage of cybersecurity talent has led a majority of organisations to turn outward for help. This is most often seen through automating technology, increasing training programs, and outsourcing detection and prevention.

Regardless of their size, organisations today share a common challenge: IT security teams are understaffed and overextended. The number of security alerts, the challenge of what to prioritise, and the shortage of expertise can be overwhelming and introduce risk.

The research – which surveyed 1,125 IT decision makers across the globe1 – shows that 69 percent of organisations agree that automating cybersecurity tasks using Artificial Intelligence (AI) would reduce the impact from the lack of security talent. This comes after 64 percent of organisations experienced increased cyber threats in the last year.

"While IT security teams are constantly adapting to the ways of the cybercriminal, the very nature of the job requires them to be on the mark every time, whereas cybercriminals only need to get it right once," said Ashley Watkins, Country Director ANZ for Trend Micro. "Australian organisations are feeling the pressure of the skills gap, and with an expected shortage of roughly 18,000 cyber security workers by 2026, demand for automation has never been greater."

From the survey, 63 percent of IT decision makers plan to leverage AI technology to automate their security processes. However, while AI can effectively handle data processing, trained cybersecurity professionals are needed to analyse the results and manage the overall security strategy.

According to Gartner2 , “The shortage of skilled security professionals has been a perennial problem that consistently results in failed security technology deployments. The number of unfilled cybersecurity roles is expected to grow from 1 million in 2018 to 1.5 million by the end of 2020.”

The Gartner report continues, “Most organisations are struggling to fill the open positions they have, let alone retain skilled staff. Managed detection and response (MDR) services are filling the need of organisations of all sizes that lack internal security resources and expertise, and want to expand their investments beyond preventive security technologies to address their detection, response and 24/7 monitoring gaps.”

To help solve this business problem, Trend Micro tackles both the technology and people needs of the skills gap. Companies are increasingly adopting Trend Micro’s MDR and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions to streamline visibility, prioritise threats and optimise the time and talent of in-house teams.

1  Countries surveyed include: UK, US, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Czech Republic
2  Gartner, Top Security and Risk Management Trends, 31 January 2019


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Research methodology

Research carried out by Opinium, commissioned by Trend Micro. Online survey among 1,125 IT decision-makers responsible for cybersecurity across the UK, US, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium and Czech Republic.

Caitlin O’Hagan