Cybersecurity strengthens as IT and security teams forge collaborative front, survey finds

Cybersecurity strengthens

According to a survey by Commvault, the conventional walls between IT operations and security teams are disintegrating.

Over 200 C-Suite and senior-level IT executives were questioned globally for the study, which was carried out in association with The Futurum Group. The results showed a notable move towards greater collaboration as a means of fending against the growing threat of sophisticated cyberattacks.

Nearly 99% of respondents to the survey stated that in the previous year, there was a stronger bond between IT operations and security. The study concentrated on important facets of this cooperation; among those who described their relationship as “connected,” 64% expressed common objectives for preserving the security of the organization. Seventy per cent also stated that they had collaborative policies and procedures in place for day-to-day operations.

The study did, however, also point out areas that needed work. Merely 48% of participants indicated the presence of collaborative protocols and methods to alleviate or recuperate from a security breach.

“Synergies between IT operations, security teams and the C-suite has never been more crucial as cybercriminals are deploying more sophisticated attacks powered by AI,” said Javier Dominguez, Chief Information Security Officer, Commvault. “But, with 19 cyber attacks every second, breaches are inevitable. It’s critical that IT operations and security teams jointly think about recovery as part of an end-to-end security practice tied to the NIST framework.”

According to 68% of respondents, artificial intelligence (AI) would improve security efforts by detecting and reacting to threats more quickly and correctly. This indicates that artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to play a big role in 2024. AI might enhance security in several ways, according to respondents, including automating security awareness and employee training (67%), boosting operational effectiveness related to data protection (66%), and enhancing user authentication and access control (57%).

The survey clarified the ongoing issue of dispersed data protection solutions, which affected more than 90% of respondents and had an immediate effect on the cyber resilience of their organizations. Over half (54%) said that fragmentation gets in the way of their efforts in this area.

“Utilising a host of fragmented data protection products can drive up costs, create management nightmares, give bad actors more avenues to exploit, and slow down recovery,” said Krista Macomber, Research Director, The Futurum Group. “This research serves as a good reminder that organisations should consider a modern platform that can reduce fragmentation, protect a vast array of workloads across any location, predict threats faster, and speed up response and recovery times.”

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