Professionals Say Network Security is Getting Harder

A  survey conducted by Bricata, a network security company, found 64% of security professionals said network security is getting harder and a fifth of all respondents it is getting significantly harder. 

That’s probably not surprising, but what’s more important is understanding “Why?” and twenty-nine respondents gave answers as to why security is getting harder. 

 

Here are those answers.

1) Attacks are more sophisticated.
Spending and awareness at the executive level continues to grow, however attacks and exploits are becoming increasingly more advanced and difficult to defend or protect from.
2) More vectors of attack. 
The risks to networks have become more significant from other attack vectors than a specific network intrusion. Some of those vectors are becoming harder to manage, can affect networks, but I wouldn’t refer to them solely as network security issues.
3) Organic network sprawl.
More things keep getting added to the network and more computer systems proliferate throughout offices with more vulnerabilities.
4) Business acquisitions and cloud add to the network.
Acquisitions have made it more challenging. Supporting both AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud services also testing our support limits as development rushes into this space headlong. Where responsibilities moved from a traditional hardware stack to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Network security in AWS is a whole new ballgame to learn.
5) Zero trust. 
The perimeter is now fluid. With the onset of mobile devices, IoT and remote workforce, end users are requiring access from anywhere, at any time with the same functionality provided from an office workstation on the network.
 And there have more deep hackings into previously thought solid safe spaces.
6) Lack of network visibility.
It’s due to moving services to clouds and using end-to-end encryption, it is not easy to see what is going on there.
7) Threat actor collaboration.
The bad guys are working together more than us good guys.
8) Training hasn’t kept pace with attacks. 
It doesn’t feel like training or education is keeping pace for defenders with what attackers are capable of doing.
9) Hackers have tools too.
Hackers are using more complex and comprehensive tools and internal users are seemingly less aware of what they do to reduce protection.
10) Third-party and supply chain threats
There is an increase in threats from third-party networks and IoT devices.
11) Ransomware variants. 
Ransomware variants are growing, and threats are evolving.
12) User error and complacency. 
Still having issues with user errors; challenges of attacks are getting more sophisticated.
Threats are not going away, and people are becoming to a point more complacent.
13) Security is playing catch up.
We are playing catch up because security wasn’t a priority with this company until recently.
14) State-sponsored attacks. 
An increase in threats, state-sponsored attacks.

Bricata:              Image: Nick Youngson

You Might Also Read:

Over 90% Of Security Pros Fear Insider Threats:

 

« US Cyber Strike On Iran Is A Step Change
Most Cyber Insurance Claims Result from Human Error »

Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

IT Governance

IT Governance

IT Governance is a leading global provider of information security solutions. Download our free guide and find out how ISO 27001 can help protect your organisation's information.

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service designed to simplify secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and distributed workforce.

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout

A simple and cost-effective solution to monitor, investigate and analyze data from the web, social media and cyber sources to identify threats and make better security decisions.

Clayden Law

Clayden Law

Clayden Law are experts in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law.

MIRACL

MIRACL

MIRACL provides the world’s only single step Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) which can replace passwords on 100% of mobiles, desktops or even Smart TVs.

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Authentic8

Authentic8

Authentic8 transforms how organizations secure and control the use of the web with Silo, its patented cloud browser.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO is the market leader in HPE Non-Stop Security, Risk Management and Compliance.

WEBINAR: How To Build A Detection And Response Strategy For Insider Threats

WEBINAR: How To Build A Detection And Response Strategy For Insider Threats

Thursday, 19 August, 2021 - In this webinar, SANS and AWS Marketplace will overview building a detection and threat hunting workflow, focusing on preventing insider activity.

BlueCat Networks

BlueCat Networks

BlueCat provides software to automate, manage and secure your network.

Claroty

Claroty

Claroty was conceived to secure and optimize OT networks that run the world’s most critical infrastructures.

Cybrary

Cybrary

Cybrary is an open-source cyber security and IT learning and certification preparation platform.

Riverside Research

Riverside Research

Riverside Research is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in areas including Trusted & Resilient Systems.

Beazley

Beazley

Beazley are a specialist insurer with three decades of experience in providing clients with the highest standards of underwriting and claims service worldwide.

EvoNexus

EvoNexus

EvoNexus is a technology startup incubator with locations in San Diego, Orange County, and Silicon Valley.

Base Cyber Security

Base Cyber Security

Base Cyber Security is an information and cyber security talent service provider and career specialist.

Intracom Telecom

Intracom Telecom

Intracom Telecom is a global telecommunication systems & solutions vendor offering a complete range of professional services and solutions including Information Security.