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Only 12 percent of UK enterprises can detect anomalous activity in their IT networks

ManageEngine has announced the findings of its ‘State of IT in the UK - 2019’ survey, which was conducted on behalf of the company by Vitreous World, an independent research consultancy. The study of 400 IT decision-makers working in organizations of all sizes explores their experiences dealing with IT security, GDPR compliance and cloud migration, and investigates what technologies they see having a real impact in the future.

The study found that businesses of all sizes lack the ability to detect anomalous activity in their IT networks. While only 12 percent of respondents working in enterprises believe that their organization has that capability, the corresponding figure in SMEs and large organisations fared slightly better (21 percent).

Other key findings include:

  • 72 percent of all respondents don’t use a comprehensive vulnerability management solution to detect, assess, prioritise, patch and mitigate zero-day vulnerabilities in their network.
  • Only 21 percent of all respondents say they are capable of detecting complex attack patterns by correlating event information across devices and through user behaviour analytics (UBA).
  • In terms of using preventive practices to mitigate zero-day vulnerabilities, IT professionals in SMEs and large organizations state they do this more (24 percent) than their counterparts in enterprises (14 percent).
  • 31 percent of all respondents cite cost as the main barrier to securing additional resources for better IT security, while a lack of understanding of how poor their security is (22 percent) turns out to be the second biggest barrier.
  • The technologies deemed to have the most impact in the coming years for all respondents are artificial intelligence (43 percent), the Internet of Everything (37 percent) and machine learning (29 percent).
  • AI is more likely to play a big part in the business operations of enterprises (52 percent) than in the business operations of SMEs and large organizations (35 percent).
  • Companies of all sizes agree that all three technologies above will help reduce time spent on manual processes (59 percent), provide additional time to work more strategically with other business units (53 percent), help detect user and network anomalies (48 percent) and provide greater visibility into network issues (46 percent).

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