More Than Half of Organizations Suffer From Alert Fatigue, Study Says

April 4, 2017
By Marcos Colon

The number of cyber threats security and risk departments face is daunting, but couple that with the amount of false positives triggered by enterprise activity and there lies a real problem.

A new study conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group sheds light on the alert fatigue a majority of security departments experience.

Of the 150 IT and cyber security practitioners surveyed, 54 percent indicated that they have no choice but to ignore some alerts that may require an investigation due to their limited staff.

Additionally, 35 percent of respondents shared that it’s difficult to address the volume of alerts, while close to 30 percent struggled to do so because of implementation issues tied to their security operations tools.

Rather than opt for a well-documented strategy that prepares the department for a multitude of scenarios, one-quarter of the cybersecurity pros surveyed said they rely on informal processes and a select number of employees that are capable of addressing security alerts. 

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