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NEW Cybereason Study Reveals That Ransomware Attacks and Workforce Shortages are Keeping a Stranglehold on Security Operations Centers

Mar 14, 2023

Cybereason, the XDR company, today published results from a global study of security operations centers and the impact that cyberattacks and staffing shortages are having on modernization. The study highlights the ongoing challenges organizations face from the constant stranglehold caused by ransomware attacks, hiring challenges, lack of visibility and automation, tool sprawl, and alert overload. 

Titled Ransomware and the Modern SOC: How Ransomware is Driving the Requirements for SOC Modernization, the study of 1,203 cybersecurity professionals found that 49 percent of respondents said ransomware is the biggest threat they face, followed by supply chain attacks at 46 percent and daily targeted attacks at 31 percent. More than 30 percent of respondents need more staff and contracted services to deal with the growing ransomware threat. 

Overall, 31 percent of survey respondents said the ransomware threat has exposed their need for better insight and visibility into the full attack story against their organization. On average, 35 percent of respondents in the United States need better insight and visibility. In Italy, that number jumps to 46 percent. In the travel and transportation industry, more than 57 percent of respondents lack the proper level of threat attack visibility, followed by 39 percent of respondents in the retail, catering and leisure industries. 

“In a post COVID world, the modern SOC needs to be a decentralized, capabilities-based organization that leverages industry-leading detection, prevention, visibility, and automation technologies, all of which are often augmented by managed services,” said Israel Barak CISO, Cybereason. 

Survey Methodology                                                                                                                           The research was conducted by Censuswide in Q4 of 2022 and a total of 1,203 cybersecurity professionals took part in the survey—with participants from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Major industry verticals covered in the research include the Technology, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare, Automotive, Legal and Government sectors.

About Cybereason                                                                                                                               Cybereason is the XDR company, partnering with Defenders to end attacks at the endpoint, in the cloud, and across the entire enterprise ecosystem. Only the AI-driven Cybereason Defense Platform provides predictive prevention, detection, and response that is undefeated against modern ransomware and advanced attack techniques. The Cybereason MalOp™ instantly delivers context-rich attack intelligence across every affected device, user, and system with unparalleled speed and accuracy. Cybereason turns threat data into actionable decisions at the speed of business. Cybereason is a privately held international company headquartered in Boston with customers in more than 40 countries.

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