Resource Type: Data Sheet

Third-Annual CRITICALSTART Research Report reveals persistent challenges and some silver linings

It’s back! For the third year in a row, we have surveyed SOC professionals from across the industry to learn more about the issues and challenges facing the cybersecurity community and its workers. As the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same…

Just like in 2018 and 2019, alert overload continues to be a serious problem plaguing our industry. What’s worse is that, in an attempt to combat alert overload, nearly half (49%) of our 2020 survey respondents reported that they are turning off high-volume alerting features when there is too much noise to process. We don’t have to tell you this, but it only takes one.

On the positive side, training was up, turnover was down, and the use of mobile apps for investigating, escalating, and remediating incidents and threats from any place at any time is nearing 50-percent of all respondents.

And, don’t worry, it was 2020 after all, so we even gathered some data on the impact COVID has had on our industry!

Check out the report for yourself, share on your social channels, and let us know what you think!

The Financial Consequences of Risk Acceptance Security Strategies Whitepaper

CRITICALSTART reduces endpoint risk to levels unachievable by traditional Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service providers and security tools alone. Our unique and leading-edge Trust-Oriented model is based on resolving every alert, the only way to reduce risk with confidence.

The volume and sophistication of new attacks, the cost of security tools, the shortage of security expertise and limited security budgets complicates risk management for today’s security leaders. Managing risk has become an exercise in trade-offs and risk acceptance.

Threat actors target hosts and servers to disrupt business operations and exfiltrate sensitive data. This can have significant financial impact and even threaten the survival of many businesses. Security leaders need to reassess their security strategies and the MDR service providers they entrust their organization to. They need to evaluate the financial impact of security events and how to best apply their limited resources to reduce risk.

Cybersecurity Consulting

Threats against enterprises are on the rise. To protect your organization, you need a strategic partner you can trust.

Our Approach
For many, resources are limited, leaving most vulnerable to new and evolving cyberattacks. Our three-phase process helps secure your infrastructure on-premise or in the cloud, meets compliance standards, and reduces your exposure.

TEAMARES Red and Blue Services

The complexity of today’s security landscape – combined with an increase in incidents, overall weak security posture and talent shortage – means taking a proactive response to security is more important than ever. Recognizing these challenges, CRITICALSTART’s TEAMARES stands ready to help organizations prepare for, respond to and resolve breaches by providing offensive red and defensive blue team services.

Breach Attack as a Service Solution Overview

TEAMARES Breach Attack as a Service offers quick and flexible security control testing for your environment with a lighter demand on internal resources, managed testing of scenarios by red team experts in TEAMARES, and a competitive pricing model over managing the solution yourself.

Security Event Response IR Retainers

When you’re under cyberattack, immediate response is critical. Finding and hiring the right incident response experts while the clock is ticking only compounds the stress of being breached.

Don’t be caught off guard when a cyber incident occurs. Proactively preparing an IR strategy poises your business for rapid response and threat remediation – immediately.

CRITICALSTART’s IR retainer gives you priority access to our TEAMARES incident response team through the entire incident response lifecycle, from breach detection until the threat is remediated.

Security Tools Assessment

Gain in-depth insight to maximize your security infrastructure with a Security Tools Assessment from CRITICALSTART. We’ll help you navigate and identify security products that work well together, and provide guidance on potential integration areas to help streamline your security operations process. Our approach includes a comprehensive review of your existing solutions with guidance on which products should be enhanced, added, or even removed from your infrastructure.

Managed Detection and Response Services

Today’s reality is daunting.  And no one needs to tell you that your job is getting harder.  

What if we told you there is a better way to approach threat detection and response?  A better way that truly reduces risk acceptance, increase Security Operations Center (SOC) productivity, and helps you validate return on your security investments.

Privacy Readiness Assessment

With potential fines as high as 4% of global revenue for non-compliance, it is good business practice to proactively achieve GDPR compliance. We can help assess your environment against the current GDPR requirements and provide guidance and remediation advice for any identified risks.

Penetration Testing

Testing the Effectiveness of Your Security Environment.

Whether you’ve built and deployed state-of-the-art security technology to protect your assets or are just beginning to assess your security needs, TEAMARES, the Penetration Testing Team at CRITICALSTART, can evaluate your security posture and determine how exposed your systems, services and data are to malicious threat actors.

Threat Hunting: Proactive Incident Response

Organizations often don’t realize they’ve been breached, giving malicious actors the freedom to dwell in their network undetected for weeks or months at a time, collecting data and other confidential information.

Threat hunting is a proactive incident response service that offers a way to seek out cyber threats that may be lurking in your organization’s network and reduce attacker dwell time.

Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

How vulnerable is your organization to attacks? Today’s attackers employ a wide range of tactics to access critical data and wreak havoc on their target organizations. Threat scenarios that target the user, such as social engineering, susceptibility to malware, and web-based attacks, have the potential to provide the greatest return for attackers. CRITICALSTART can help you identify the top threats to your organization and how to mitigate the associated risk.

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