Seven key cybersecurity challenges businesses struggle with right now

From controlling gaps in their security infrastructure to getting a real-time overview of the risks, cybersecurity executives have no shortage of worries.

But a new study from cybersecurity startup Panaseer suggests that there are seven key challenges people in charge of cybersecurity at their businesses are struggling with.

Having commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey 250 senior security decision makers in North America and Europe, it found that despite 86% of them being confident about their digital defences, they still had concerns.

Chief among these concerns was controlling coverage gaps across security functions, with 56% stating this as a key pain point.

Of the people polled, 43% struggled with getting a comprehensive overview of the assets in their organization. Collecting, normalizing, aggregating, deduplicating and correlating disparate data was a challenge for 39% of security professionals.

Similarly, 39% were concerned about not knowing which assets met regulatory and compliance policies.

Moreover, 38% had problems determining the effectiveness of security controls, 37% struggled to getting a real-time view of corporate risks and 37% were unsure in their ability to track performance of security controls over time.

Nik Whitfield, CEO at Panaseer, said, “Traditional security tools are insufficient for proactive cybersecurity as they don’t provide a complete, real-time view of cybersecurity risk. Threats are becoming more advanced, attackers more savvier and regulation is tightening. This has created a clear market requirement for automated continuous controls monitoring, a new category of solution that provides real-time visibility of assets. The ability to make informed operational security decisions based on trusted security data and metrics will enable security leaders to have real and validated confidence that the company and customer data is protected.”

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