IT Needs Help Against Cybercriminals

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-24-2014 Email Print this article Print

Security is a top concern in the enterprise, and according to a new survey of 350 IT professionals by RedSeal Networks, it's also the largest morale killer for IT professionals, many of whom have tried for years to stay ahead of malicious cybercriminals, only to find out that those efforts have invariably failed. "It's pretty clear that the majority of today's companies just don't have enough visibility into their networks and therefore don't know what needs protecting and what doesn't," says Parveen Jain, CEO of RedSeal Networks. "We often see major corporations being attacked day in and day out, but since they don't have a full understanding of their infrastructure security weaknesses and risk gaps, they don't know where and how to put up their defenses." That lack of insight into network activity, coupled with the fact that security firms aren't doing enough to keep users safe, has led the IT side to feel there's little that can be done to fix the flaws. Simply put, many IT departments are losing the cybersecurity war—and IT professionals feel incapable of changing the tide.

  • Watch Out for the Big One

    Four in 10 IT professionals—41%—believe it's only a matter of time before a major cyberattack takes aim at critical infrastructure.
    Watch Out for the Big One
  • Vulnerabilities? What Vulnerabilities?

    A general inability to safeguard security vulnerabilities has prompted 30% of IT professionals to ignore the vulnerabilities that could result in security nightmares.
    Vulnerabilities? What Vulnerabilities?
  • More Tools Needed

    More sophisticated tools are needed to analyze the many security risks impacting the enterprise, according to 28% of respondents.
    More Tools Needed
  • A Moment of Truth

    55% say they cannot truthfully assure board members that their company is secure from outside threats.
    A Moment of Truth
  • Gauging Success Is Difficult

    Trying to demonstrate success in security is becoming increasingly difficult. In fact, 51% of IT professionals say they have no metrics to show success at securing a corporate network.
    Gauging Success Is Difficult
  • Degrees of Understanding

    Although IT professionals know what they need to secure their networks, 40% say that when they explain their needs, board members can't understand what they mean, making it difficult to invest appropriately in security solutions.
    Degrees of Understanding
  • Communication Is Key

    A majority of IT professionals—60%—say they have no idea whether board members could understand their security needs, indicating a need for more communication and better information.
    Communication Is Key
  • A Lack of Insight

    Due to data overload, 44% of companies say they don't know whether they're being hacked at any given moment.
    A Lack of Insight
  • Network Visibility Is Lacking

    Can you see into your network? Just 43% of IT professionals say that they have visibility into their global network. Put another way, nearly six in 10 IT pros can't see into their networks, effectively leaving them blindfolded as they take on cybercriminals.
    Network Visibility Is Lacking
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at


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