There is a distinct hunger within industry for greater cybersecurity automation, but there remains widespread perception among security professionals that they lack the personnel, documentation and organizational structure to pull off even fundamental threat hunting activities.

A new survey of 388 U.S. and U.K. information technology and security professionals from Enterprise Strategy Group finds that “more telemetry is generally desired, but correlation and analysis is a heavy lift” for many organizations. The survey was also underwritten by Respond-Software, a security automation company recently acquired by threat intelligence giant FireEye.

“Most organizations can see value in combining threat data from multiple threat vectors to provide context and accelerate detection and response; however, most lack the expertise and tools to correlate data, often leading to the reactive elimination of point threats without understanding broad attack campaigns,” wrote Dave Gruber and Jon Oltsik, both analysts at ESG.

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