Automation and gamification key to cyber security

The use of automation and gamification are key to winning the fight against cyber criminals in the face of the skills’ shortage, a study investigating challenges facing IT security teams reveals. Concerted efforts to increase job satisfaction, automation in the security operations centre (SOC) and gamification in the workplace are key to beating cyber criminals, a survey by security firm McAfee shows.

This is because in addition to the increased number and complexity of cyber threats, IT security teams are facing challenges in terms of technology investment and finding people with the necessary cyber security skills, according to the survey report entitled Winning the game.

The McAfee-commissioned study polled 300 senior security managers and 650 security professionals in public sector and private sector organisations with 500 or more employees in the UK, US, Germany, France, Singapore, Australia and Japan.

The survey shows that 46% of respondents believe that in the next year they will either struggle to deal with the increase of cyber threats or that it will be impossible to defend against them.

The competition between security responders and cyber criminals is further complicated by the cyber security skills crisis, with 24% of respondents saying they need to increase their IT staff by a quarter to manage the threats their organisations are currently facing. But 84% admit it is difficult to attract talent, while 31% say they do not actively do anything to attract new talent.

“With cyber security breaches being the norm for organisations, we have to create a workplace that empowers cyber security responders to do their best work,” said Grant Bourzikas, chief information security officer at McAfee.

“Keeping our workforce engaged, educated and satisfied at work is critical to ensuring organisations do not increase complexity in the already high-stakes game against cyber crime,” he said.

Source: Computer Weekly

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