Cybersecurity’s biggest challenges and their impact on IT teams 

July 19, 2023
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TechTarget highlighted cybersecurity as one of the top three challenges CIOs face in 2023. Looking deeper into specific cybersecurity-related issues and keeping up with the threat landscape were the key concerns IT teams faced as they planned their cybersecurity programs for the upcoming year. The crucial insight for an IT team is their need for an easy way to keep up to date on all the cybersecurity threats their company faces. The IT Nation Secure 2023 survey identified the top five challenges and their implications for organizations and their IT teams. 

1. Keeping pace with the threat landscape 

The threat landscape refers to the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of cyberattacks. It encompasses various types of intrusions that can breach a company’s networks.  

With the rapid pace of technological change experienced in the IT industry, as new technologies are developed and adopted, they can create new vulnerabilities to be exploited.  

It is essential to adopt a proactive approach to cybersecurity in response to this evolving reality. This includes technical cybersecurity solutions, such as antivirus, firewalls, and intrusion prevention systems. Update company cybersecurity processes that mandate periodic employee training and incident response plans. 

2. Finding the right vendors and tools  

The cybersecurity tech stack is built around IT systems focused on reducing enterprise cyber risk and enhancing a company’s cybersecurity posture. It usually comprises two distinct sets of technologies: the first provides user-based access control to the IT team, and the other focuses on proactive security vulnerability analysis and remediation. 

A company’s cybersecurity tech stack should incorporate elements that protect digital assets, networks, databases, servers, and enterprise applications. No matter what the current state of your cybersecurity tech stack, it’s crucial to remember that threats are constantly evolving, and business and cybersecurity needs are changing. 

3. Pricing and packaging 

Organizations need the off-premises and on-premises security products and services. It’s imperative to review services you are offered that check all the boxes on your cybersecurity list without compromising your budget. 

4. Finding and hiring talent 

According to the Yr 2022 ISC Workforce Study, the cybersecurity workforce has been growing about 26% annually, and more than three million cybersecurity-related jobs exist worldwide. 

The growing need for specialization is an additional issue within the industry. The talent scarcity that exists across the cybersecurity profession includes many of the specialized areas mentioned previously, like cloud security, identity and access management, data protection, and incident response. 

5. Responding to incidents 

Well-run companies have formal incident response processes fully documented by their cybersecurity team. This way, when an actual cybersecurity incident occurs, the team can focus on mitigating the incident rather than wasting resources tracking each team member to ensure they are successfully completing their assigned tasks. 

Contact us at Access Tech where we can assess your cybersecurity posture and help you create a plan of action to strengthen your company against cyber threats. 

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