*Why Security Sits on the Shelf

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Trustwave’s recent “Security on the Shelf”?report by Osterman Research has revealed that whilst businesses are happy to invest in IT security products, more than a quarter are not getting their full value out of products because of inadequate resources when it comes installing and fully-implementing the software.

The problem, as Trustwave puts it, is that once security purchases arrive, in-house IT teams often lack the time and/or manpower to ensure the solutions are installed and working properly. According to the Trustwave report, 35% of IT professionals said that their department has no time or is too busy to properly implement security software.

Security technologies are also complex and they require a specific set of skills to understand how to use them to their fullest. 19% of IT professionals admitted to not understanding the software well enough to implement it, according to the Trustwave report.

Spending on IT security products is expected to increase 8.2% during 2015, due in part to a number of high-profile data breaches over the past 12 months, however this money is set to go to waste if security controls are not fully implemented.

As the Trustwave blog summarises, “Security products can end up as ‘shelfware,’ sitting unused somewhere and collecting dust. A security solution is only as effective as the people who are managing it. To compensate for resource strains, while still being able to combat the latest advanced threats and protect their sensitive data, businesses require a combination of products, people and proficiency.”

79% of IT pros believe leveraging cloud/managed services would reduce or eliminate the possibility that security software goes unused in their organisation.

To download a copy of the Trustwave ‘Security on the Shelf’ report – click here.

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