In a world where cybercrime is evolving at a rapid pace, the role of a cybersecurity professional is one of constant vigilance and high stakes. As the volume of data increases exponentially, the vast majority (83%) of cybersecurity professionals say they are struggling to cope with the sheer volume of security alerts, with IDC data revealing that this can lead to missed cyber threats as well as difficulties recruiting and retaining staff in a sector that is already experiencing skills shortages.
The repercussions of an enterprising cyber attacker gaining access to critical data including private financial and medical data or industrial control systems can be severe, meaning the security team’s job is often a pressurised and difficult one. This is made all the more prevalent as migration to the cloud increases and the mobile workforce continues to dissolve the network boundary beyond its traditional office-based confines. This is when ‘alert fatigue’ can have a disruptive part to play in proceedings.