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Only 8% Indian managers believe they have a skilled cybersecurity team: Sophos

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The Economic Times
15th July, 2019 14:46 IST

PUNE: Only eight percent Indian IT managers believe that they have a skilled team in place to respond to cybersecurity incidents, according to 'The Impossible Puzzle of Cybersecurity' study by Sophos, a network and endpoint security firm. Further IT teams spend about a third of their time managing security, but struggle with a lack of expertise, budget and up to date technology. 81% Indian IT managers said that their organization’s cybersecurity budget (including people/technology) is below what it needs to be, with 89% managers polled saying that staying up to date with cybersecurity was a challenge. This lack of security expertise, budget and up to date technology indicates IT managers are struggling to respond to cyberattacks instead of proactively planning and handling what’s coming next.

"Staying on top of where threats are coming from takes dedicated expertise, but IT managers often have a hard time finding the right talent or don’t have a proper security system in place that allows them to respond quickly and efficiently to attacks," said Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist, Sophos.

"If organizations can adopt a security system with products that work together to share intelligence and automatically react to threats, then IT security teams can avoid the trap of perpetually catching up after yesterday’s attack and better defend against what’s going to happen tomorrow."

The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne across 3,100 IT decision makers in mid-sized businesses across 12 countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and India.

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