Cyber threats are constantly evolving; becoming more sophisticated, targeted and frequent. The traditional forms of security – anti-virus software, firewalls – are no longer enough to stop some of the sophisticated threats posed to companies.

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To protect your business and your reputation from the risks associated with a cyber-attack, you need a robust way of monitoring activity across your network so that it can be analysed, interpreted and acted upon.

Put simply, your organisation’s security depends on your ability to detect and respond to emerging threats across your cloud and on-premise environments.

Most businesses simply do not have the resources or time to extensively research the global threat landscape for the latest attack vectors, nor can they spend time analysing every indicator that an attack is happening.

Here we have analysed five key threat detection security challenges facing organisations:

Lack of resource

In an age of data-centric ‘always-on’ business, the investment needed for cyber security increases dramatically. As senior IT and security leaders are issuing mandates across their organisations to simply ‘do better’ in data security initiatives, keeping the lights on and maintaining business as usual, is critical. Yet with this in mind, it is apparent that many organisations don't have the resource to protect themselves against digital threats. As such, findings show that only 10% of the IT budgets are spent on cyber security and as a result of this, companies don't have the necessary resource to overcome these pertinent issues.

Lack of visibility

When your business’ security is your responsibility you need to ask yourself: how do you effectively monitor the vast number of endpoints that can potentially expose your business to cyber-crime? And would you be armed with the critical threat intelligence needed to respond should the unthinkable happen? If you’re relying on spreadsheets to search and manage logs, you’re likely missing real-time changes, not to mention spending significant time and effort in an attempt just to get by. Adopting an intelligent SIEM threat detection system, will provide comprehensive visibility, provide real time insight into threats and eliminate manual tasks - thus reducing the possibility of human error and ensuring that you have the right intelligence at your fingertips when you need it most.  

Lack of expertise

Within a working environment, your employees are one of your biggest assets but they're also one of your biggest liabilities. With 60% of all attacks being carried out by insiders — either inadvertently or maliciously, ask yourself does your security programme account for the human element of cyber breaches? Compromised or malicious users will exhibit different behaviours than others. Spotting these traits early can help you prevent damage. To do this, you need to understand what’s normal for users in your business and use that baseline to identify anomalies that may signal a threat. User behaviour analytics that leverage machine learning can be helpful in scaling anomaly detection company-wide.

System complexity

On average, an enterprise uses 75 security products to secure their network. It goes without saying that these systems need to work together. Ask yourself, as a CISO or IT/Security manager do your systems work in unison to give you the insight you require to maintain and react to a cyber-attack in real time?  If the answer is no, then it is worth adopting a system that enables businesses to gain comprehensive visibility, provide real-time threat detection, manage compliance and eliminate manual tasks. Discover more about our Citadel Threat Detect module here.

Budget restrictions

Coupled with tight budgets, it's likely that many organisations are using multiple security products from a variety of different vendors and this is undoubtedly eating into budgets. With cyber security accounting for 10% of all IT budgets, it's imperative that your security solution gives you full value for money and is effective in providing real-time analysis and comprehensive visibility of all cyber threats. Ensuring that you get everything you need from your cyber security solutions has never been so important. 

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Time is money when your network has been breached. It can take 197 days on average for an organisation to detect a cyber-attacker in their system. The longer attackers are in your network the more damage can be caused and the longer it can take for your business to recover.

Don't let your business be the next victim of cyber-crime. Discover how Celerity's Threat Detect – SIEM powered by IBM QRadar, will mitigate your business risks and let your IT department focus on priority tasks at hand and meeting core organisational objectives set by the business.

Citadel is a fully integrated and automated security intelligence platform, providing users with crucial visibility through a single pane, supported by a proactive and customised service from Celerity that delivers continuous improvement through daily and regular management reporting for compliance requirements.

Discover how Citadel Threat Detect - SIEM can help organisations can gain greater visibility and protect themselves from cyber-attacks  in our latest infographic.

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David Taylor

Written by David Taylor

David is a Digital Marketing Executive at Celerity and drives their digital activity including campaigns, website, blog writing and social media. He has a passion for digital marketing and all things tech - especially in cyber security.