The pandemic has created a technological revolution driving businesses to the cloud and evolving IT policies to support globally distributed and remote workforces. The threat has capitalized on this growth and change in business, which drives our need to mature SecOps programs. Cyber staffing shortages are the overarching challenge evident in almost all survey responses.
A driving need exists for artificial intelligence and machine learning to boost analytical procedures and help humans scale their analytical functions better. Because SecOps demands strain retention rates, most of the cybersecurity workforce is mid-junior level. SecOps modernization shows a pattern of migrating toward emergent capabilities such as NDR and CWWPs, and technological integration is key to these strategies.
Respondents report a disconnect between stakeholder understanding of breach impacts and desired response/resolution timeframes, meaning that resourcing doesn’t align with expectations and that impacts become more significant. Industries must direct strict noncompliance penalties to ensure cybersecurity posture because these consequences drive better stakeholder understanding of impacts and commitment of resources.