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Too many enterprise security tools could increase risk levels

Too many enterprise security tools could increase risk levels

A rapid increase in the number of security tools used by large companies is limiting their return on investment while increasing the risk of cyber threats, according to the enterprise security specialist ReliaQuest.

The study finds that an obsession in cyber security issue is as bad as neglecting it. In fact, there is a new trend comes – ‘security tool tipping point’. That is a situation when the number of cybersecurity solutions becomes overwhelming and actually increases organizational risk levels.

ReliaQuest has surveyed over 400 security decision-makers at firms with more than 1,000 staff. According to the report, security teams are deploying more tools than ever. However, the result is not too impressive. Here are interesting figures:

  • 70 percent of respondents say they’ve invested in more than five new technologies in the last year,
  • 19 percent who say they’ve invested in more than 20,
  • 71 percent reporting they’re adding security technologies faster than they’re adding the capacity to productively use them,
  • 69 percent report their security team currently spends more time managing security tools than effectively defending against threats,
  • 53 percent say their security team has reached a tipping point where the excessive number of security tools in place adversely impacts security posture,
  • 66 percent of respondents report that the excessive number of tools makes it harder for their teams to effectively address threats.

In other words, people rely too much on ready-to-use security solutions while they are not 100% protection against virus or attack. According to Brian Murphy, CEO of ReliaQuest, while it’s tempting to think another piece of technology will solve the problem, it’s far from true.

ReliaQuest survey shows more tools can worsen enterprise security by adding complexity without improving outcomes. Firms need to shift focus to getting more out of the investments they’ve already made while becoming more selective with new technology acquisitions and ensuring fit with their existing security models.

“The ultimate goal: tight integration and transparency across their entire environment,” Brian Murphy advised.