Fighting fire with fire

Cybersecurity strategies are suffering as a result of complexity

IT security decision-makers reveal that instead of focusing on the fundamentals, organizations are opting to spend their budgets on acquiring additional security tools, resulting in difficult-to-manage, complicated cybersecurity environments.

Fastly’s global research survey of more than 1,400 key IT decision makers in large organisations spanning multiple industries across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan finds that despite the news of ever-evolving, advanced threats, organizations are most concerned about straightforward attacks like data breaches, malware and phishing.

They are choosing to address these threats through overabundance of technology. However, a lack of resources - time, money and talent - to manage their tools means security teams are stretched thin to focus on fundamentals that form the foundations of a strong cybersecurity strategy.

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  • Despite higher cybersecurity budgets, only 61% of cybersecurity tools are fully active or deployed putting organizations at huge security risk
  • 42% of the security solutions that organizations buy or deploy overlap in covering the same threats requiring more expertise and resources to manage them
  • 43% of IT leaders say currently the cybersecurity talent pool suffers from a lack of experience with relevant technologies leading to over-investing on overlapping solutions

Our research points to the need to take a back to basics approach. This simplified approach aims to build a stronger security posture, rather than creating unnecessarily complex environments that are more of a hindrance than a help.

Download the report to read about all findings.