Study Commissioned by Palo Alto Networks Also Shows IT Security Chiefs Welcome EU Legislation
Yet Are Worried About Costs and Operational Strains
13 October 2016 – The received wisdom is that European IT security professionals are under overbearing pressure from adversaries when it comes to cybersecurity. Yet a new, in-depth, independent study commissioned for Palo Alto Networks into current attitudes reveals a profession that is more determined and confident than might be expected.
The real tensions in their working life are the difficult conversations IT security managers must have with their senior management bosses on the fallout from attacks. Also highlighted in the report is a need to ramp up systems and processes for the comprehensive breach reporting required in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive.
Furthermore, years of cyberattacks have not left IT security professionals reeling; instead they are more experienced and determined to prevent attacks. When asked about the impact of a cyber incident on them, the majority (60 percent) said it provided them with an opportunity to learn from the experience and bounce back stronger; only nine percent said that it would lead to their job termination. Taking a strong preventative posture is the overwhelming strategy with, on average, 65 percent of the IT security budget allocated to it across Europe.
Where IT security professionals are less sure is with their relationships with senior management:
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Incidents do happen, so be prepared to respond. However, many can be avoided through focusing on the right key principles, leveraging automation, introducing better education and having a preventative focus.
The research was conducted for Palo Alto Networks in August 2016 by market researcher Morar Consulting, which surveyed over 1,000 IT professionals in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the U.K.
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