63% of IT decision makers planning to adopt AI tech for cyber security tasks

A third of European organisations suffered breaches due to unpatched vulnerabilities

63% of IT decision makers planning to adopt AI tech for cyber security tasks

Overextended and understaffed security teams at organisations has forced as many as 63% of IT decision makers to plan on leveraging AI technology solutions to to automate their security processes, new research has revealed.

Last week, a report from Tripwire revealed that an overwhelming majority of organisations belonging to all sectors are either struggling to fulfill all their cyber security needs, are struggling to fill security teams, or are already plagued with understaffed security teams.

Tripwire found that because of understaffed security teams or because of their organisations' inability to hire more security personnel, 68% of IT security professionals fear their organisation may lose the ability to stay on top of vulnerabilities, 60% fear they won't be able to identify and respond to issues in a timely manner and stay on top of emerging threats, and 53% fear they will lose their ability to manage and secure configurations properly.

IT decision makers want AI to fill the ongoing skills gap

A new report from Trend Micro has revealed that the ongoing and detrimental shortage of cybersecurity talent has forced a majority of organisations to outsource detection and prevention, automate technologies, and increase their training programmes.

IT decision makers at 69% of organisations told Trend Micro that automating cybersecurity tasks using Artificial Intelligence (AI) would reduce the impact from the lack of security talent and 63% of them said they are planning to leverage AI technology to automate their security processes.

"There’s a real and critical shortage of cybersecurity people. But there’s a fix for it today. AI and machine learning can reduce the workload today on the people we have, by handling the low value tasks we currently use our high value people for," said Greg Young, vice president for cybersecurity at Trend Micro.

"Next is lowering the tsunami of low value alerts we throw at teams. More security products adding more alerts is not helpful, instead, when we add smarter and integrated security it should have more intelligence and be better integrated, ideally reducing junk alerts.

"More security data collected doesn’t have to mean more alerts, that data should be used to weed out the false alarms. Let staff focus on the real and complex attacks. Satisfying work is a staff retention element in this tight cybersecurity people market," he added.

Demand for managed security services to grow this year

Commenting on IT decision makers planning to adopt AI technologies to automate their cyber security tasks, Jan van Vliet, VP EMEA at Digital Guardian, said that a continued skills shortage and increasing comfort levels with cloud technology will provide a surge in demand for managed security services in 2019.

"The winning solutions will be those that leverage the power of artificial intelligence, and its subset, machine learning, to help identify and manage threats hidden within the sheer volume of data produced by organisations today," he added.

According to Steve Wainwright, MD EMEA at Skillsoft, the most effective strategy is not hiring candidates with the skills required to be successful in digital transformation, but to upskill existing employees to prepare for digital transformations.

"Businesses know the skills of tomorrow, but helping the employees of today achieve proficiency in them will be crucial to long-term success. Helping employees gain skills that will make them productive in the workplace will also offer their organisation a competitive advantage. It will prepare employees for the roles of tomorrow while driving transformation within the organisation," he added.

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Jay Jay

Jay has been a technology reporter for almost a decade. When not writing about cybersecurity, he writes about mobile technology for the likes of Indian Express, TechRadar India and Android Headlines

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