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Cybersecurity Skills Shortage: Profound Impact on Security Analytics and Operations

Posted: July 24, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, cybersecurity skills shortage, SIEM, CISO, network security analytics, network security operations

skills-shortage.jpgI’ve written a lot about the cybersecurity skills shortage over the past 5 years. For example, ESG research indicates that 45% of organizations claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. 

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ESG Security Operations and Analytics Webinar

Posted: June 21, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, SIEM, security analytics, network security operations, SOAPA, SOC, webinar, Doug Cahill

My colleague Doug Cahill and I spend a lot of time thinking about security operations and analytics these days. Why? Enterprise organizations are under constant attack from increasingly sophisticated cyber-adversaries so they need better situational awareness about their security posture at all times.

Unfortunately, many organizations aren’t doing a very good job in this area. Many anchor security operations to an amalgam of point tools that don’t interoperate. Security operations often depend upon manual processes and the wisdom of a few key employees. And let’s not forget that when it comes to cybersecurity, many organizations remain understaffed and lacking the right skills. ESG research from earlier this year indicates that 45% of organizations say they have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills today.

Just how bad are these problems and what can be done to address them? Doug and I will discuss these and other security operations topics in an upcoming webinar in July.

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People, Process, and Technology Challenges with Security Operations

Posted: April 11, 2017   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, SIEM, network security operations, ISSA, SOAPA, SOC

sharing_in_business.jpgThese days, it’s tough for any organization to keep up with cybersecurity operations. Why? Well the bad guys are pretty persistent for starters, launching a blitzkrieg of attacks and new types of exploits all the time. 

Okay, hackers are relentless but we’ve always known this and their behavior isn’t likely to change anytime soon. What’s really disturbing, however, is that a lot of problems associated with cybersecurity are based upon our own intransigence. And organizations aren’t struggling with one issue, rather, cybersecurity operations challenges tend to be spread across people, processes and technology. When it comes to security operations, it’s kind of a ‘death by a thousand cuts’ situation. 

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The pressing need for network security operations automation

Posted: August 23, 2016   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Network Security, Cybersecurity, network security operations

network security automationAccording to ESG research, 63% of networking and cybersecurity professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) believe that network security operations is more difficult today than it was two years ago.


Because enterprises have to deal with more connected devices, network traffic, and applications than two years ago. What’s more 47% of respondents claim that it is difficult to monitor network behavior from end-to-end while 41% claim that network security operations difficulties result from increasing use of cloud computing.

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