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BlackBerry Limited has published new research highlighting the challenges organizations in all major sectors face in maintaining and improving their overall cyber security posture.

The survey of 405 senior IT, networking, and security decision-makers in the US, Canada and the UK revealed that 83 percent of organizations agreed building cyber security programs is expensive due to required tools, licenses, and personnel, and 80 percent agreed it’s challenging to fill specialized security roles. Most organizations (78 percent) have an incident management process, but half (49 percent) agree they lack the teams and tools to be effective 24/7/365. Evolving security threats (53 percent) and the task of integrating new technology (53 percent) are cited as top challenges in maintaining security posture.

Additional key findings of the survey include:

Acute cyber security challenges for healthcare and energy sectors

  • 77 percent of healthcare respondents and 72 percent of energy and utility respondents said the amount of work required to create their own dedicated security operations was daunting.
  • Healthcare respondents were the least likely (63 percent) to agree they have an incident management process to handle threats.

Use of IT/cyber security managed services to plug the talent gap

  • 80 percent of respondents use a managed service provider for at least some of their cyber security workloads.
  • 45 percent say the ability to free up existing resources is the top anticipated benefit of leveraging managed IT/cyber security services.
  • 42 percent report a better ability to address skills and resource gaps using managed services.

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