Study Reveals Growing Security Fatigue After Constant Barrage Of Hack Attacks And Warnings

New study released by NIST, which has identified a growing security fatigue in light of the constant barrage of warnings and hack attacks now coming to light. Piers Wilson at Huntsman Security commented on this report below that enterprises have just as much of a problem with security fatigue as consumers do. He points out that security analysts are now bombarded with so many threat alerts that it’s become difficult for them to see the wood through the trees; a challenge that enterprises will need to address if they are to protect themselves. Piers Wilson, head of product management at Huntsman Security commented below.

Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management at Huntsman Security:

piers-wilson“While this study highlights security fatigue amongst users, it can be just as bad if you actually work in security for a living. As organisations have got better at detecting threats and attacks, and bought more and more control and detection solutions, the average security analyst now has an ever-growing stream of warnings and alerts to triage, investigate, understand and resolve. Quite often, due to well publicised staff and skills shortages, they will be working in a team that is the same size; or at least hasn’t grown in line with the volume of threat information and false positives they are now dealing with.

“In addition, when a threat alert is encountered, the task of gathering the relevant information and data to understand, contain, escalate and resolve it can mean working with dozens of separate systems where various bits of the jigsaw puzzle are held. “Alert fatigue” is therefore an equally big challenge for businesses that need to protect themselves.”

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