Trend Micro Survey Finds Lack of IT Security Input In DevOps Introduces Cyber Risk for 73% of New Zealand Companies

Global survey reveals organisations need tools that support DevOps security

AUCKLAND, 8 October, 2019Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced findings from a survey that reveal organisational silos create unnecessary security risk for global businesses. The lack of security involvement in DevOps projects was reportedly creating cyber risk for 73% of IT leaders.

“It’s no secret that developers and security teams have a history of butting heads,” said Mick McCluney, Technical Director, Trend Micro ANZ. “We want to help businesses breakdown those barriers by providing technology and solutions that work for developers, IT and security teams. To do that best, we have to understand how the DevOps community and IT security teams collaborate – so we asked them for input directly. Understanding their goals will help us continue to provide solutions that help them do their jobs, and help the end results be secure.”

DevOps is a bigger priority today than a year ago for 90% of New Zealand companies, but 30% of respondents admitted security teams are not always consulted in project plans. This is despite 100% of respondents stating that they have encountered security risks when implementing projects.

This challenge is also highlighted in newly published research from ESG, which states that only 20% of security purchases for DevOps projects are actually made by IT security teams. To tackle the issue, ESG found that 68% of organisations have, or plan to have, a centralised team to handle DevOps security.

Trend Micro’s survey also shows that 80% of New Zealand respondents want the IT security department to be involved in planning DevOps initiatives, however their teams are often ill-equipped to take on this task – lacking both fitting tools and enough practitioners.

Led by independent research specialist Vanson Bourne, Trend Micro polled 1,310 IT decision makers in SMB and enterprise organisations across the globe about their organisational culture.

Trend Micro has designed its solutions to help DevOps and security teams operate more seamlessly. Find out how here:

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