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INFOGRAPHIC devices moving in and out of perimeter defenses represent new challenges and vulnerabilities .
Facilitating proficient day-to-day cybersecurity operations
In 2022 , many top priorities concern the ease of cybersecurity operations . Automating threat detection and response ( 78 %) and unifying threat visibility across all assets ( 62 %) are some of our respondents ’ top priorities .
These measures indicate that tools that make the SOC team ’ s work more automated and more efficient are getting precedence . Demand for cybersecurity talent is only increasing . Efforts that help operators with their daily tasks not only make the most of an expensive resource but improve staff retention .
The cybersecurity big picture
Improving the cybersecurity posture as a whole is at the forefront of CISOs ’ minds . Enhancing cybersecurity testing beyond penetration testing ( 63 %) and measuring the effectiveness of the cybersecurity ecosystem ( 62 %) are being prioritized in 2022 . With so many tools , projects and methodologies to choose from , subjectively testing the system and its components is key . CISOs are looking to spend their budgets intelligently and get evidence of their performance that they can take back to their board .
Supply chain surprise
In 2021 , supply chain attacks dominated the headlines , with the Kaseya and SolarWinds attacks at the forefront . Sophisticated attackers are looking to exploit vulnerabilities in pipelines and packages ( such as log4j ) to compromise organizations lower down in the supply chain .
That ’ s why it may come as a surprise that only 49 % of cybersecurity leaders consider supply chain risk assessment a priority . In an ideal world , this should be a key component of any organization ’ s due diligence practices .
The SOC team is here to stay
CISOs are least interested in outsourcing cybersecurity operations ( 17 %). Smaller businesses without a CISO or cybersecurity staff might acquire the help of a third party . However , organizations with mature information security stacks recognize the reality that cybersecurity is not just bought but operated . CISOs are committed to the constant measurement and improvement of their cybersecurity operations . p
Demand for cybersecurity talent is only increasing .
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