Company security measures often 'knee jerk' reactions

Identity and device management for the cloud and mobile enterprise firm, Okta, has recently published an interesting report which says, among other things, that 65 per cent of IT security professionals expect to be hit by a cyber-attack in the next 12 months.

Being such a grim prediction, it has spurred a lot of thought. Vice president of technology at NSFOCUS IB, Richard Meeus, said security measures are often ‘knee-jerk reactions’ to breaches or media fanfare.

For Firemon’s CMO, Michael Callahan, the problem lies in the lack of a quality workforce. The skills shortage makes all the difference in the world.

“I don’t think we’re failing as much as we don’t have enough skilled people and you need to supplant that through automation tools that help you manage the complex environments. Companies are increasingly looking to security management vendors to address both of these concerns. I’m surprised it’s not higher than 65 per cent but maybe it has to do with how you define serious,” he said.