Pros Concede Hackers Have Them Outgunned Via Tools and Automation

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The numbers don’t lie: now, more than ever, security professionals feel outgunned by attackers and the level of automation employed in most campaigns against enterprise IT infrastructure, according to a new survey published today by RedSeal Systems and Dimensional Research entitled, “Hackers Versus Enterprise Security: A Survey of IT Security Professionals.”

Interviews with 1,967 professionals at the recent Cisco Live and Black Hat USA conferences found that more than 75 percent of network management and security professionals believe that automated tools give hackers the upper hand in evading the defensive systems utilized by most enterprises to protect their critical assets and data.

Further compounding the issue, a vast majority of those IT pros surveyed reported that their employers – for the most part large organizations – cannot maintain necessary layered defenses based on their inability to determine where gaps in those systems exist.

  • Over 71 percent of respondents admitted that their networks are exposed to external threats due to misconfiguration issues present in their security device infrastructure.
  • More than 50 percent had no idea how many of their organizations’ internal hosts were actually exposed to the Internet.
  • Roughly 52 percent conceded that their vulnerability management initiatives don’t allow them to prioritize remediation based on the likelihood of real-world attacks.

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