British businesses call for more industry support to address virtual security knowledge gap

1 in 4 security professionals don’t have the confidence or skills to manage virtual security deployments 


VMWorld, Barcelona – 15th October, 2013 – New research released today by Trend Micro, the global leader in cloud security, shows that 25 per cent of British organisations don’t have the knowledge to manage virtual security deployments, with 52 per cent stating this is down to a lack of training or funds available to train. Promisingly, almost two thirds (64 per cent) of security professionals want to up-skill in securing virtual environments to address this knowledge gap.

A clear demand for virtual security skills
The study conducted by Trend Micro in collaboration with Vanson Bourne, found that almost two thirds (65 per cent) of IT decision makers want to see their organisations boost investment in training to help them develop to skills required to better secure virtual environments. At an industry level, 57 per cent of British businesses want to see virtual security guidelines put in to help organisations understand best practice. Additionally, over half of UK businesses are seeking more guidance from vendors when it comes to securing virtual environments.

“Trend research from earlier this year revealed an alarming number of British businesses are struggling to keep their virtual systems secure and our latest report finds that a lack of training and education is the main contributor to this issue,” said Michael Darlington, Technical Director at Trend Micro. “However, it is promising that security professionals recognise the problem and are demanding investment in up-skilling to better equip them to manage new, complex IT infrastructures. Ultimately the responsibility lies with organisations to provide their staff with the training and support necessary to ensure business data is safe. Without this investment, we will see businesses continue to struggle to secure their virtual networks, leaving themselves open to the risk of cyber attacks.”

Cost over performance
When searching for a security solution for their virtual environments, worryingly the majority of UK businesses (70 per cent) are prioritising cost over the solution’s effectiveness at detecting and stopping threats. The ease of deployment and management of the solutions is the next priority (62 per cent), with effectiveness at keeping the infrastructure secure coming in at third in the list of priorities.

Lack of consistency over virtual machine responsibility
British businesses are demonstrating a lack of understanding over where the responsibility of the security of their virtual machines actually lies. One in four (25 per cent) organisations have their virtual infrastructure hosted in a third party data centre, while 33 per cent have it hosted both on premises and in a data centre, which is leading to a lack of clarity over who is responsible for information security. Encouragingly, the majority (41 per cent) understand that responsibility for securing these virtual machines lies with both the organisation and the data centre provider. However, almost a third of respondents think that the responsibility lies solely with the data centre provider, meaning they’re trying to wash their hands of the problem.


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