5 Biggest Challenges Cybersecurity Pros Face Today

Without questions, the topic of information security has become a central one for organizations of every industry and vertical. With ever-increasing threats becoming more complex and cyber-criminals widening their net, it’s become clear that no business is safe. And along with the increased prevalence of cybersecurity issues, IT professionals are facing newer and greater challenges by the day. Here are 5 such struggles along with what can be done to overcome them.

Social Engineering – Hackers have honed in on the fact that the biggest weakness in most organizations is the very people who work there, targeting employees, contractors and even consultants via tools like spear-phishing to gain a foothold and obtain access to the network and sensitive data contained within. IT leaders are fighting an uphill battle to prevent against these insider threats. Education and leveraging advanced technology are among the five best ways to accomplish this.

Compromised Devices – Like it or not, we are living in the ultra-connected, hyper-intelligent IoT world. With more and more devices being used in the workplace, IT leaders are finding it even more challenging to maintain adequate control and keep sensitive data safe from landing in the wrong hands. Since this will only continue to trend in the same direction, those tasked with cybersecurity will need to focus on strengthening the barriers to entry and staying a step ahead of those targeting them.

Breach Containment – The problem with many of the cyber-attacks that are occurring today is that once the hacker successfully breaches the network, the focus then shifts to spreading the reach as quickly and extensively as possible. This is where the real damage is realized. As such, cybersecurity teams must implement strategies, such as automated playbooks, to pinpoint and contain these threats as quickly and effectively as possible, before they have the opportunity to obtain any additional propagation.

Alert Fatigue – APTs continue to be a nightmare for IT and cybersecurity pros, not just because of the volume of incoming threats, but the growing sophistication of these threats. Keeping up with the demand manually is causing IT teams to burn out quickly, which leaves the door wide open for a potential attack to become successful. Incorporating automation into the incident response process can alleviate this alert fatigue and allow IT to focus on handling only the most critical incidents more effectively.

Skills Gap – Last but not least, there is the remaining chasm that exists between the need for qualified cybersecurity experts and the actual market of available personnel. While there is hope that this skills gap will lessen over the coming years, in the meantime, IT leaders are struggling to keep the ship afloat with limited resources. Technology can help bridge this gap and provide the support needed to get over the hump in the interim.

Are you an IT professional who is struggling with one or more of these challenges? Automation might be just the key to making your job easier and helping you to reach your ultimate goal of achieving maximum protection amidst the growing cybersecurity threat landscape. You can find out now by starting a free trial of eyeShare. (What have you got to lose?!?) Don’t let another day of stress and anxiety get you down. Turn things around today!

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