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    The State of Security 2021

    SolarWinds, ransomware, remote work and more: Security leaders flag cloud complexity as top challenge.

    BIG PICTURE

    Security is a data problem

    49%
    of organizations say keeping up with security challenges is harder than it was two years ago.
    78%
    of security and IT leaders worry that they’ll be hit by a SolarWinds-style attack.
    88%
    of organizations say they’re increasing security spending — and 35% say “significantly."

    Our global survey finds that the challenges of a post-COVID, post-SolarWinds world have security and IT leaders scrambling for new strategies.

    4% Decrease, 12% Significant Increase, 41% Increase, 1% Don't Know 4% Decrease, 12% Significant Increase, 41% Increase, 1% Don't Know

    Increase in cyberattacks

    REMOTE WORK

    What perimeter?

    76% of security and IT leaders say remote workers are harder to secure — and there are twice as many to keep track of now, thanks to the pandemic.

     

    • The response: Security teams are automating processes, adopting cloud-based controls and fine-tuning detection rules.
    • 83% of respondents say remote work has increased collaboration between IT and security.

    ANALYTICS

    Security analytics comes of age

    82% of organizations say security analytics drives security decision-making more than it did two years ago — underscoring a top-down trend.

     

    • Key reasons for analytics’ rise: compliance, more data sources, AI/ML adoption and exploding data volume.
    • Hand-in-hand with analytics: rising adoption of automation and machine learning.
    45% Threat Detection, 39% Security Controls, 41% Risk ID 45% Threat Detection, 39% Security Controls, 41% Risk ID

    Where analytics impacts security

    41% Cloud Security, 32% Cyber Risk Managment, 27% Network Security, 24% Security Operations, 22% Security Analytics, 21% Endpoint Security 41% Cloud Security, 32% Cyber Risk Managment, 27% Network Security, 24% Security Operations, 22% Security Analytics, 21% Endpoint Security

    Key areas of security investment

    NOW WHAT?

    How leaders face new threats

    A modern security posture includes a revitalized security operations center (SOC) and a consolidated view of security data from across your organization.

     

    • You can’t secure the perimeter. Focus on the endpoint with a zero trust model.
    • In the SOC, use automation and a cutting-edge SIEM to find real threats amid the noise of low-priority alerts.

    See 2021’s biggest threats and learn where security leaders are investing.