The length of time taken to resolve attacks has become the biggest cybersecurity concern for network security professionals, according to a Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference (CEIC) survey.
The survey, conducted by Guidance Software at the 13th annual CEIC in May, showed that 33 percent of respondents consider the length of time necessary to deal with attacks is the biggest concern for their organization, up from 25 percent a year ago.
The increase is attributed to growth in the risk of data theft and the cost of response, as well as the damage to the reputation of the attacked organization. Security teams are responding by updating their response methods to incorporate specialized automated detection and incident response software, as well as their assumptions about their own vulnerability.
“Enterprise and government security teams are seeking better solutions to attack new threats of increasing complexity and persistence,” Alex Andrianopoulos, vice president of marketing at Guidance Software said. “Our security products, EnCase Cybersecurity and EnCase Analytics, leverage our rich heritage in digital forensics in conjunction with new investigative techniques based on big data analytics.”
BYOD policies are also changing to keep pace with cybersecurity concerns. 51 percent of companies currently allow employees to use their own devices as official policy or “casual rule of thumb,” well down from 78 percent a year ago, and the number of companies banning non-company devices leaped from 22 percent in 2012 to 32 percent.
Part of the reason for the concern over BYOD practices is the “vanishing perimeter” of enterprise networks which employee devices cause. While traditional security methods were adequate for many companies when their networks were limited to company property, security products which include mobile device data are becoming increasingly important for organizations which continue to allow employees to use their own devices for work.