IT and security united against cyber-threats, research finds

Cybersecurity and cyber-threats

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Provider of cyber-resilience and data protection solutions for hybrid cloud organizations, Commvault, has released a new report that found the traditional silos between IT operations (ITOps) and security teams are beginning to break down, leading to increased collaboration to combat sophisticated cyber-threats and attacks.

For the report, the company surveyed over 200 C-suite and senior-level IT executives (more than half of which were CIOs, CSOs and CISOs) in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.

According to the cyber-threat report, nearly all (99%) respondents indicated that the relationship between ITOps and security has grown more connected over the past 12 months.

For those who described the relationship between ITOps and security as “connected”, 64% stated they now have shared goals for maintaining the company’s security and 70% stated they have joint processes and procedures in place for daily operations.

However, only 48% stated they have established joint processes and procedures in place to mitigate or recover from an incident.

“Synergies between ITOps, security teams and the C-suite has never been more crucial as cyber-criminals are deploying more sophisticated attacks powered by artificial intelligence (AI),” said Javier Dominguez, Chief Information Security Officer, Commvault.

“But, with 19 cyber-attacks every second, breaches are inevitable.

“It’s critical that ITOps and security teams jointly think about recovery as part of an end-to-end security practice tied to the NIST framework.”

AI to combat cyber-threats

According to the company, AI is expected to be a major theme in 2024 with more than two-thirds (68%) of respondents indicating the technology will boost their security efforts by identifying and responding to threats more quickly and accurately.

Respondents identified several ways AI could improve their organization’s security posture against cyber-threats, including:

  • Augmenting and automating employee training and security awareness (67%)
  • Increasing efficiency by automating day-to-day operational processes associated with data protection (66%)
  • Augmenting user authentication and access control (57%)
  • Augmenting compliance monitoring and reporting (52%)

Data fragmentation

The report also found that organizations continue to grapple with fragmented data protection solutions, which not only creates management complexities but cyber-resilience challenges.

More than 90% of respondents said fragmentation of data protection tools has a direct, negative impact on their organization’s cyber-resiliency and 54% indicated that fragmentation hinders their organization’s cyber-resiliency efforts.

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