More (Security) Tools, More Problems: How Many Security Solutions Do You Really Need?

It seems like new cyber security threats emerge just about every day. When a potential threat hits the news cycle, security teams feel a sense of urgency to spring into action and purchase a new tool that can protect against the threat. That behavior leads us to where most teams find themselves today: inundated with security tools.

How can we get back to a place of dependable security and reduced risk? How can you find the right set of tools to keep your environment secure without overburdening your team or cause conflict between tools? How can you ensure that the tools harden your security posture?

The Challenges of Tool Selection

When building a cybersecurity defense strategy, SMBs in particular face many challenges. With smaller budgets, every dollar spent must be impactful. You need to protect every asset of the company, ensuring there aren’t any gaps in the coverage. That means, beyond securing obvious endpoints, applications, and cloud environments, you have to have a deep understanding and complete picture of all potential risks and the attack surface.

Could there be configuration issues we haven’t thought about? Have employees been educated enough to spot a phishing attack? How many third-party partners have access to our data? The list of questions to ask is long, but by digging into all company’s assets, you’ll be able to figure out what is most important to protect.

The most common trap for businesses is believing that having more tools makes for greater security and gives the widest breadth of coverage. On the surface, that seems like a reasonable line of thinking, but the reality is quite different, having been confirmed in report after report, year after year. IBM’s Cyber Resilient Organization Report from 2020 found that enterprises that had more than the average number of tools (over 50) viewed themselves as 8% less able to detect an attack and 7% lower in their ability to respond to an attack when compared to companies with fewer tools.

If we know that this is the reality and we see the data, why do we keep going down this path? Sometimes leaders get swept up in industry trends and buzzwords, leading to the adoptions and implementation of a lot of unnecessary tools. Other times, a new story sends shockwaves through the security community, and, in a state of panic, companies rush to buy tools without vetting them properly. In either case, teams can get overwhelmed, losing the ability to learn how to maximize the value of each tool. The result is an expensive toolset that doesn’t solve the company’s specific security issues and maybe even causes more security holes.

At CYREBRO, we see companies fall into one of two categories: either they are drowning in tools and don’t know how to whittle them down to what is really needed, or they don’t know which tools to select to cover their security concerns.

If you find yourself nodding along as you read this, we’ve got just the webinar for you. On September 14, we’ll be hosting a webinar called Maximize Your Existing Security Tools & Systems to Harden Your Security Posture. CYREBRO’s CTO Ori Arbel will join 10Root Co-Founder and hacker Yossi Sassi to discuss:

  • How to determine your security needs and what needs to be protected
  • Why less is more when it comes to tools
  • How to know if your systems and tools are doing what they are supposed to
  • Ways to create a centralized vision

Make sure to sign up for this free webinar in advance, as spots are limited.

We’ll see you there!

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