Innovation needed to close the cybersecurity gap, says research

Three out of four organizations have experienced a cybersecurity attack in the last two years, and must now innovate to close the widening gap between security provision and rising threat levels.

 

These are among the conclusions of new research from Synaptic Security, the developer of AI-driven security solutions for open source environments. It additionally found that most organizations believe they are not fully prepared for ransomware and other security threats, and that following a rise in threat levels, cybersecurity is now a top business priority for the next 12 to 24 months, more important than new customer acquisition and operational efficiency. In fact, 75% of those surveyed said the challenges of managing cyber threats, especially within Linux environments, will only increase in 2022 and beyond.

 

The research highlights a widening gulf between new security dynamics, ever-expanding vulnerabilities, and exponentially more cyber threats, all being managed with often limited budgets and resources.

 

“Our new research reveals that organizations have already experienced tremendous challenges related to their cybersecurity, and unfortunately more impacts are on the horizon,” commented Anthony Gadient, CEO, Synaptic Security. “At the start of 2021, companies were struggling to handle the increasing complexity of cyber attacks. New vulnerabilities have further impacted organizations’ preparedness levels, putting them in a more vulnerable state or leaving them even further behind. It’s urgent for organizations to close this cybersecurity gap as it threatens other top business initiatives, such as acquiring new customers and operational efficiency.”

 

He added that when it comes to the cybersecurity solution capabilities organizations considered most critical in 2022, the top three were listed as clear insights, identification of attacks in seconds, and defense against file and fileless attacks. Moving forward, 91 percent of organizations believe their spending on cybersecurity solutions will increase over the next 12 to 24 months, and will be investing to a high or moderate degree in cloud-based cybersecurity solutions that can help close the cybersecurity gap, especially for Linux environments.

 

The research, conducted by consulting firm Revelocity, focused on identifying and assessing priorities, trends and challenges associated with endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions for Linux servers: “The survey clearly underscored the clear and immediate organizational priority for cybersecurity, especially within Linux environments,” said Revelocity CEO Read Ziegler, “We were able to confirm and explore this growing sense of urgency, as well as quantify the gap in business preparedness to address the associated challenges.”

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Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. To other people it looks like “good luck”, but it is more the ability to recognise and seize an opportunity, rather than have good fortune thrust upon one. Finding a wallet stuffed with money on the conference room floor is good luck, whereas holding it up and asking if anyone has lost their wallet might be the beginning of a valuable friendship – that would be serendipity.

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Indeed, studies suggest that around 50% of major scientific breakthroughs emerge as the result of accidents or coincidences. A well-known example is Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, launching the whole field of antibiotics. Other examples include X-rays, nylon, microwave ovens, rubber, Velcro, Viagra and Post-it Notes – where would we be without these!

The book goes beyond the ability to recognise and respond to opportunities in chaos, but the subtitle – The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck – is actually a bit misleading. True, he does show ways to develop better fortune, but it would be better to call it “inviting” or “encouraging” good luck. For example, he suggests better ways to start a conversation with a stranger – ways that will make it more likely to lead to chance connections or shared interests.

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