Blog · 15 Feb 2018

What makes a successful security estate? Keeping it simple

The new IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by BT and McAfee, highlights a worrying security trend - too many products.

Too many to manage

Based on the answers of security influencers and budget holders across 450 organisations globally, the IDC InfoBrief revealed that a shocking 52 per cent of firms have 10 or more security products deployed in their organisation. What’s worse, this number rises to 73 per cent for companies with more than 10,000 employees.

Why is this a problem?

It’s easy to equate more security solutions with stronger overall security - but that’s often not the case.

One problem is that if you’re simply purchasing solutions in order to stay secure, it’s likely that you’re at stage two of your cyber security journey - ‘Worry’. This five-stage journey was uncovered in a research paper we created called ‘The cyber security journey - from denial to opportunity’.

The journey represents the different stages of a company’s relationship with cyber security. And stage two - ‘Worry’ - is where an organisation realises the risk it faces and decides to spend its way to safety. Unfortunately, security solutions don’t quite work like that. Your solutions need to integrate and work towards a clear strategy, to be effective.

This means that companies that are spending huge sums on security solutions, often aren’t getting the result they imagined. What’s more, they’re also at risk of falling prey to unscrupulous salespeople - who are always on the lookout for companies that are splashing cash to relieve the worry of suffering an attack.

The good news

Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom. The IDC InfoBrief also uncovered the fact that companies are consolidating the number of security vendors they buy from - 65 per cent now use five or less. The fewer vendors you buy from, the better the integration and efficacy of the solutions will be.

It’s also clear that larger companies - those with 10,000 or more people - are prioritising the rationalisation of their security technology - with 46 per cent of those we asked saying so, compared to just 16 per cent for companies with between 1,000 and 4,999 people.

So, even though many companies are focusing too heavily on buying new solutions, there are trailblazers leading the way - showing that true security success comes from integration and rationalisation.

What makes a successful security estate?

Comparing and evaluating vendors

Remember, consolidating your security solutions can often be a complex and time consuming challenge, especially when your number of vendor technologies has crept sky high. It’s often difficult to evaluate the relative merits of some of the technology vendors - choosing one firewall vendor over another can be tricky when you’re trying to rationalise. Our solution is to evaluate and test technologies in our Cyber Assessment Lab - assessing the latest “features” before we use any technology, or suggest it to customers.


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