Q&A: How Firms Can Stop Wasting Time Pursuing ‘Cyber Ghosts’

In an increasingly connected and digital world, no company or industry is safe from the growing threat posed by malicious online actors. How can companies attempt to manage this? Rob Davis of CRITICALSTART provides some advice for businesses.

For many firms, as cyberattacks are increasing in number and sophistication, there are still countless hours wasted in the war to secure data by chasing after false positives. CRITICALSTART’s report “The Impact of Security Alert Overload”, details the challenges false positives are creating for the cybersecurity industry.

By surveying Security Operations Center professionals across enterprises, Managed Security Service Providers, and Managed Detection Response providers, the survey found that 70 percent of cybersecurity professionals investigate more than 10 security alerts daily, a marked increase from 2018 when just 45 percent reported investigating double-digit alerts each day.

Within this, the false-positive rate is 50 percent or higher, meaning valuable time that could be used to strengthen an organization’s security posture is being spent chasing cyber ghosts.

CRITICALSTART founder and CEO Rob Davis tells Digital Journal more about this issue and what businesses can do to address the challenge.


Featured in Digital Journal | February 29, 2020

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