RedSeal Launches New Cloud Security Posture Management Solution to Empower Security Teams

RedSeal Stratus identifies unintended exposure to the Internet, creates a connectivity visualization of your cloud architecture, and helps you understand your Kubernetes Inventory

Building on more than a decade of award-winning cybersecurity analytics we are excited to launch RedSeal Stratus, our new Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) solution that stops unintended exposure of cloud resources to the Internet.

Cloud misconfigurations, which can leave resources unintentionally exposed to untrusted networks, are the major source of data breaches. To help security teams better manage the increased risk associated with increasing cloud complexity, RedSeal Stratus provides security teams with an out-of-the-box overview of Internet-exposed resources by tags, connectivity visualization between and within their Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud resources, and inventory of AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) resources.

While native Cloud Security Provider tools provide basic capabilities that may be sufficient for smaller cloud-first organizations, larger organizations who are probably hybrid, multi-cloud, and need advanced features should choose a third-party CSPM solution.

Current CSPM solutions simply call CSP APIs to determine if subnets are Internet-facing. For more accurate results, RedSeal Stratus identifies resources exposed to the Internet by calculating access through security control points from end-to-end.

Only RedSeal Stratus can calculate how an instance gets to the Internet, what security points it goes through, and through which ports and protocols. Other security products may show connectivity where there is traffic, using an agent-based approach, but only RedSeal Stratus can show you all connectivity possible including that without traffic–and without an agent. As a result, RedSeal Stratus is unique among native CSP and CSPM offerings by:

RedSeal Stratus is a cloud security solution for the modern day that provides security teams with a unified, interactive view of their AWS environments, including Kubernetes (EKS) inventory, and exposed resources that can lead to costly data breaches.

To learn more, visit www.redseal.net/stratus or Request A Demo.

RedSeal Delivers the Most Comprehensive Cloud Security Solution to Reduce Cyber Risk by Identifying Network Resources Exposed to the Internet

Integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure expands visibility to include majority of public and private clouds and on-premises network environments

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today RedSeal, announced its integration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, cementing its position as the most comprehensive solution for measurably reducing cyber risk across cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Now, RedSeal can consolidate network data from four of the five most prevalent cloud infrastructures – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure– as well as VMware NSX and Cisco ACI, and physical networks, to provide the most holistic network security awareness.

To accurately identify and locate assets unintentionally exposed to the internet, RedSeal brings data from network environments into one comprehensive, dynamic visualization. With 93% of enterprises having a multi-cloud strategy and 87% having a hybrid cloud strategy, the demand for unified, holistic insight is unprecedented. (The 2020 Cloud Computing Trends report).

“Across enterprises, security teams, CISOs and CIOs are struggling to secure the large and quickly growing cache of enterprise assets moving to various cloud environments,” said Chris Steffen, research director for information security at EMA. “RedSeal can play an important role in helping these teams and individuals understand their complex network environments, while delivering confidence that there is no unintended exposure in their network.”

Distinguishing itself from other cloud security products, RedSeal provides cyber teams with mission-critical insights, including:

  • Understanding exactly what resources exist and where they are, across all public, private cloud and on-premises environments
  • If any of those resources are unintentionally exposed to the internet
  • What access is possible within and between cloud and on-premises environments
  • Confirmation of the riskiest vulnerabilities in the cloud, so they can be remediated first

In addition, RedSeal automates essential processes, such as:

  • Verifying that network devices and cloud environments meet security best practices
  • Validating cloud network segmentation policies
  • Continuously monitoring compliance with internal policies and external regulations

“Organizations are using a combination of cloud native and third-party security controls from multiple vendors,” said Kurt Van Etten, chief product officer at RedSeal. “Only RedSeal can accurately evaluate all these controls in one place.”

Fully Managed Services Formally Available

To help inundated security teams reduce security risk and ensure their network is configured the way they intended, RedSeal is formally offering additional value via three levels of subscription-based, professional services. All three tiers include a RedSeal security engineer who will work collaboratively with cybersecurity teams on an ongoing basis to deliver various assessments and make prioritized recommendations to mitigate risks. For subscribers, RedSeal will optimize, upgrade and maintain the RedSeal solution, along with their security engineer’s assessments and recommendations. The three levels are:

  • Cyber Visibility — includes assessments of both the network and endpoint inventory, as well as their secure configurations
  • Cyber Compliance — adds network segmentation and compliance monitoring as well as security change reviews, in addition to the Cyber Visibility offerings. As a result, staff can be confident that they are continuously monitoring compliance with policies and regulations like PCI DSS and NERC-CIP, and validating segmentation policies
  • Cyber Risk Management adds incident investigation, security posture monitoring, vulnerability risk prioritization and cyber risk assessment, in addition to the offerings from the other two tiers

In 2020, RedSeal won Cloud Computing Magazine’s Security Excellence Award and Security Today’s New Product of the Year for its cloud security solutions and services.

CyberKnight Signed as RedSeal Distributor to Bolster Cybersecurity Posture of Middle East Customers

Dubai, UAE — According to Gartner’s Top 10 IT Security Projects for 2021, CARTA – Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment – risk-based vulnerability management shall be a key priority for CIOs and CISOs.

To address challenges related to resilience management and to accelerate incident response at enterprise and government entities in the region, CyberKnight has partnered with a leading provider in the space, RedSeal. The RedSeal platform gives security and management teams the most holistic understanding of their organization’s cyber risks – across physical, cloud and virtual networks – including remote endpoints. RedSeal verifies that network devices are securely configured, validates network segmentation policies, and continuously monitors compliance with policies and regulations. It also prioritizes mitigation based on each vulnerability’s associated risk.

“We are thrilled about this strategic RedSeal partnership to support customers with constant improvement to their security posture, understand new cyber risks and ensure business continuity, all while lowering operational costs and simplifying complexities of their security systems. RedSeal’s platform brings unique capabilities to show organizations what is on their networks, how everything is connected, and the associated risks – across physical and cloud-based network environments.”, commented Wael Jaber, VP Technology & Services at CyberKnight.

“Regional organizations can face an overwhelming number of security vulnerabilities to remediate. RedSeal helps them focus on those that represent the most risk in each network.

With CyberKnight’s strong presence in the region, as well as, deep-rooted end-user and channel partner relationships, we aim to help regional organizations measurably reduce their cyber risk over increasingly dynamic attack surfaces while offering our award-winning cyber terrain analytics platform.”, said Richard Adams, Head of EMEA at RedSeal.

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About CyberKnight:

CyberKnight Technologies is a cybersecurity focused value-added-distributor (VAD) covering the Middle East with on-the-ground presence in all key regional markets. Our ZTX (Zero Trust Security) methodology, based on the Forrester framework, incorporates emerging and market-leading cybersecurity solutions that protect the entire attack surface, by leveraging AI, threat intelligence and collective defense. CyberKnight helps security and risk teams at enterprise and government customers simplify breach detection, prevention and incident response, while addressing regulatory compliance. CyberKnight’s Art of Cybersecurity Distribution methodology enables strategic partners to achieve greater market penetration, return-on-investment and time-to-value.

 

RedSeal Named 2021 TAG Cyber Distinguished Vendor

SAN JOSE, Calif.— RedSeal (www.redseal.net), whose award-winning cyber terrain analytics platform helps companies measurably reduce their cyber risk, announced today its selection by TAG Cyber as a Distinguished Vendor in the 2021 Security Annual. The Security Annual is designed to help enterprise teams identify security gaps and determine what solutions should be part of their security portfolio.

Each distinguished vendor was selected by the TAG Cyber Analyst team, led by Dr. Edward Amoroso, CEO of TAG Cyber.

“We’re happy to support the work of Ed and his team at TAG,” said Bryan Barney, CEO of RedSeal. “They provide world class analysis and truly understand what our platform brings to enterprise customers around the world.”

The 2021 Security Annual is part of a series from TAG Cyber that has been published each September since 2016. The report offers expert guidance, analysis, and education across the entire cybersecurity ecosystem.

In the face of rigorous new demands, RedSeal gives security and management teams the most holistic understanding of their organization’s cyber risks – across physical, cloud and virtual networks – including remote endpoints.

“I’m very thankful to the RedSeal team for supporting our work this year,” said Amoroso. “Their work in hybrid environment security brings great value to the industry.”

The 2021 Security Annual is available for free download here.

RedSeal Joins Forces with Kite Distribution to Offer Unique Network Analytics, Modelling and Security Initiatives to MSPs

Exclusive partnership offers new opportunities for organisations to make cybersecurity a strategic part of their business growth

 

London, UK — RedSeal, the award winning cyber terrain analytics platform, has today announced a partnership with Kite Distribution, a value-added distributor that specialises in bringing innovative and disruptive technologies to the UK channel. The joint alliance will offer MSPs and security resellers a new and innovative way to identify and address cyber threats and combat the latest and most prevalent security challenges to business.

RedSeal’s platform shows organisations what is on their networks, how everything is connected, and the associated risk – across physical and cloud-based network environments. RedSeal verifies that network devices are securely configured; validates network segmentation policies; and continuously monitors compliance with policies and regulations. It also prioritises mitigation based on each vulnerability’s associated risk.

Kite’s established sales team specialises in working with MSPs, offering the technology and advice they need to achieve successful outcomes.  This includes understanding an MSP’s technology stack and advising where RedSeal’s products can offer additional value, increased security, and resource optimisation.  In particular, the team understand the importance of flexible billing models and multi-tier, multi-tenant architectures and work to advise their customers on how their portfolios can help build new revenue streams.

Leading the partnership at RedSeal is Richard Adams, Head of EMEA. He commented: “We are excited to work with Kite Distribution and look forward to establishing a mutually beneficial partnership over the next few years.”

He continued: “Their approach very much aligns with RedSeal’s focus in the UK and compliments where we already have established, existing partner and vendor relationships. Kite’s strong presence amongst MSPs and security resellers, combined with their dynamic workforce, is particularly valuable to us and supports our business growth roadmap.”

Kip Tumber at Kite Distribution added: “Many of our customers are looking for ways to improve security, whilst lowering expenditure, simplifying complexity and reducing the time to investigate vulnerabilities. If you don’t have a complete view of your own network, how do you even begin to secure it? RedSeal’s technology provides the answer that many organisations strive to achieve with multiple analytics tools and expensive human resources.  We have already seen tremendous interest in this new offering and look forward to building a successful partnership.”

 

About Kite Distribution

Kite Distribution is a UK focused, value-added distributor that specialises in bringing innovative and disruptive technologies to the UK channel. Their management team have over 60 years of accumulated channel experience, including launching and building markets for some of the most readily recognisable security & networking brands around today. Our aim at Kite Distribution is to provide each of our vendor and reseller partners with a market leading distribution engine for building incremental revenue. We are also ardent believers in maintaining quality at all times. We endeavour to set a very high level of partner satisfaction from the point the enquiry is picked up, our understanding of the vendors proposition, quote accuracy and turnaround all the way through to delivery and post-sale professional services.

RedSeal Appoints New CEO, Bryan Barney, Former Head of Symantec’s Enterprise Security Group

Ray Rothrock, cybersecurity, energy, and venture investing visionary, transitions to Executive Chairman

SAN JOSE, Calif.— June 1, 2020 — RedSeal, whose award-winning cyber terrain analytics platform helps companies measurably reduce their cyber risk, announced today the appointment of Bryan Barney as Chief Executive Officer. Ray Rothrock, an initial investor in RedSeal who has been at the helm since 2014, will remain active in the company as Executive Chairman of the Board.

Barney brings more than 29 years of experience in enterprise-grade commercial software and 18 years in cybersecurity. He has led organizations through massive growth, from early stage to IPO and beyond.

As CEO of RedSeal, Barney will drive continued development of the RedSeal platform and its commercial adoption by government agencies and Global 2000 companies. RedSeal’s sophisticated technology gives security and management teams the most holistic understanding of their organization’s cyber risks – across physical, cloud, and virtual networks – including remote endpoints.

Before joining RedSeal, Barney led Symantec Enterprise Security Group through its transition from a traditional security company to a cloud services organization as general manager and senior vice president. In this time, he led the business unit responsible for Symantec’s award-winning endpoint security, endpoint detection and response, data loss prevention, email security, IOT, and cloud workload protection products, which, in combination, generated $1.2B in annual bookings. He oversaw a team of 1,300 engineers, product managers, and other staff across 10 different locations.

Prior to Symantec, Barney was SVP and General Manager of the Network Security Group at Sophos Group plc for three years. During his tenure, Sophos expanded their network security business by an average 25% year-over-year, and helped the company go public on the London Stock Exchange.

Barney also spent 13 years at McAfee, where he served as EVP and head of product development for the broadest security portfolio in the industry. Under his leadership, McAfee’s offerings enjoyed a preeminent competitive position with seven products consistently placing in the leadership quarter of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant analysis. With these products, McAfee became a dominant security vendor among large enterprises and the US Federal government.

“The 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report confirms that configuration errors – the result of overwhelming network complexity – have been increasing since 2017, and are now practically ubiquitous,” said Barney. “Today’s networks are highly intricate and constantly evolving. It is nearly impossible for an administrator to fully understand a large network infrastructure, and you cannot secure what you do not understand. RedSeal’s sophisticated network modeling technology allows customers to understand the fundamentals of their network and quickly identify misconfigurations and prioritize security vulnerabilities. With the rapid adoption of public cloud, hybrid cloud, and multi-cloud environments, network security is becoming even more complex. The need for RedSeal’s technology is both urgent and universal. This is a truly exciting opportunity.”

Ray Rothrock, who is transitioning to executive chairman from CEO of RedSeal, has led the company through a number of milestones, including its recent growth equity investment from Symphony Technology Group (STG). He will remain very active in his strategic advisory role and continue to serve as a company evangelist.

“I’m thrilled to have Bryan aboard, as he’s something of a legend across the cybersecurity industry,” said Rothrock. “I’m impressed not just with his track record, but also his curiosity and data-based decision-making. Plus, he shares the team and the board’s commitment to building a great company with a culture that values its people and its customers.”

RedSeal Helps Healthcare Organizations Reduce Cyber Risk

MedTech Breakthrough Awards selects RedSeal as best overall healthcare cybersecurity solution

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 21, 2020 — Today RedSeal announced its cyber terrain analytics platform won the MedTech Breakthrough Award for best overall healthcare cybersecurity solution. This builds on a recent TAG Cyber study that confirms the platform – which automates cybersecurity fundamentals – is well-suited to meet the cybersecurity needs of modern healthcare organizations for cyber visibility, compliance and risk management.

The current health crisis has forced employees across healthcare and telemedicine organizations to work remotely, prompting hackers to target Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and conduct password-spraying attacks on the healthcare sector and other essential services. As a result, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a joint alert on May 13 raising concern for cybersecurity threats targeting organizations addressing COVID-19.

To ensure the remote workforce has access to the appropriate applications and systems while maintaining the same level of security posture and compliance as before, RedSeal launched its Secure Remote Work Assessment. As a result, security and management teams receive the most holistic understanding of their organization’s cyber risks – across physical, cloud and virtual networks – including remote endpoints.

In addition, RedSeal is offering new professional service packages to improve cyber visibility and cloud cyber visibility, while building on its successful professional services to support compliance and risk vulnerability.

“Cybercriminals attack the most vulnerable organizations, which puts healthcare providers, associated verticals and their employees on the frontlines of a cyber battle as well as a global pandemic,” said Dr. Mike Lloyd, chief technology officer at RedSeal. “Now more than ever, it’s important to ensure their systems and networks are secure. We are honored to be named the best healthcare cybersecurity solution – and hope that our new set of services will greatly assist already impacted healthcare organizations.”

RedSeal Launches Five New Services to Measurably Reduce Cyber Risk Across Remote Workforces

Secure remote workforce, cyber and cloud cyber visibility assessments along with tiered service offerings ensure overtaxed network infrastructures continue to be secure

SAN JOSE, Calif.— In direct response to expanding remote work operations, today RedSeal announced five new services to help enterprises establish safe and secure environments, understand new cyber risks and ensure business continuity.

According to Q1-2020 research, demand for VPNs peaked at 65 percent above average and remains 22 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels (Top10VPN). By focusing on cybersecurity fundamentals, RedSeal’s award-winning cyber terrain analytics platform helps government agencies and Global 2000 companies measurably reduce their cyber risk over these increasingly dynamic attack surfaces.

In the face of rigorous new demands, RedSeal gives security and management teams the most holistic understanding of their organization’s cyber risks – across physical, cloud and virtual networks – including remote endpoints. To further support customers’ success, RedSeal is offering five services packages to improve cyber visibility, cloud cyber visibility, compliance, and risk vulnerability efforts.

“COVID forced a crash course on remote working for companies worldwide; as a result, it’s now an integral and permanent part of business operations,” said Ray Rothrock, CEO and chairman of RedSeal. “The rush required organizations to make significant changes to their networks and potentially expose critical data. Now, our services help address organizations’ urgent need to securely accommodate increased numbers of remote workers while also mitigating exposure to cybersecurity threats.”

RedSeal Secure Remote Work Assessment

This 30-day remote assessment is the fastest way for new customers to get peace of mind that their remote workforce has access to applications and systems without compromising their security posture. The RedSeal Secure Remote Work Assessment helps organizations understand if their network inventory is accurate, if their network devices are securely configured, and if their network is adequately protected.

The company supports the NIST guidelines for enterprise telework security by highlighting configuration gaps in the remote work infrastructure and validating the secure configuration of VPN concentration points.

RedSeal Cyber Visibility Assessment Package

Like the Remote Work Assessment, the RedSeal Cyber Visibility Assessment helps new customers quickly understand if their network device inventory is accurate and if those devices are securely configured. Specifically, during this 30-day remote assessment, a RedSeal professional services engineer will:

  • Identify discrepancies and potential gaps in inventory understanding
  • Review network device configurations and confirm if they adhere to specific and industry-wide best practices, and report any discrepancies
  • Review a network map to identify interconnectivity – and potential risks – between devices
  • Share advice for remediating device configurations that do not comply with best practices

RedSeal Cloud – Cyber Visibility Assessment

The 30-day remote RedSeal Cloud – Cyber Visibility Assessment gives new and existing RedSeal customers the ability to visualize the interconnectivity of their cloud environment and assess the accuracy of their cloud inventory. It includes licenses from one of three RedSeal supported vendors: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Three RedSeal Managed Service Packages

To support current and future work at home/shelter in place scenarios, RedSeal’s Managed Service Packages ensure that network infrastructures can accommodate an increase of remote workers while maintaining their security posture. The three step-up offerings help organizations address their most critical issues. Specifically:

  • Cyber Visibility Package provides an ongoing understanding of what assets are on a network and how they are connected. The service monitors established baseline security controls and network best practices and includes a roadmap — developed and executed — for the security team. Prioritized recommendations for controls, basic security and operational hygiene maintenance are also provided.
  • Cyber Compliance Package includes the Cyber Visibility Package, plus monitoring to ensure compliance with regulatory and internal network segmentation requirements, as well as accelerated security change reviews.
  • Cyber Risk Management Package builds on the Cyber Visibility and Cyber Compliance Packages with strategic remediation, moving efforts from “patch everything” to “patch what matters the most,” to ensure focus stays on asset criticality and reachability from untrusted connections.

Complimentary RedSeal Health Check Service

The free RedSeal Health Check Service is for RedSeal customers who have lacked resources to maximize the benefits of their cyber terrain analytics platform; new RedSeal administrators who want to efficiently operationalize their platform, as well as management teams who want confirmation that RedSeal is delivering on business outcomes.

The multipoint evaluation reviews the RedSeal deployment to determine how well it’s aligned with business goals and prioritizes recommendations and remediation advice to ensure it meets expectations.

RedSeal’s Cyber Terrain Analytics Platform Lauded Across Verticals with Seven Awards for Excellence

Financial, technology, government and cyber sector accolades propel RedSeal to sixth year on JMP Securities’ hottest private cybersecurity companies list

SAN JOSE, Calif. — RedSeal today announced that it has received seven new honors in the last six months. Trusted by all four branches of the military, and more than 250 of the world’s most credible healthcare institutions, power grid companies and mission-critical government agencies, its cyber terrain analytics platform is the world’s only solution that helps improve cyber resilience to security events by showing security teams what’s on their networks, how everything is connected across physical assets and those in public and private cloud environments, and the associated risk.

RedSeal’s executives and its technology which helps validate policies, expedite investigations, and prioritize issues that compromise an organizations’ most reachable, valuable assets received honors from the following organizations:

  • JMP Securities’ JMP Elite 80, which ranks the “hottest privately held cybersecurity and IT infrastructure companies,” featured RedSeal for the sixth consecutive year.
  • CRN’s 2020 Partner Program Guide recognized RedSeal as a 5-Star Security Vendor for offering the most comprehensive training, services, benefits and incentives to its partners.
  • For the third consecutive year, TMCNet’s Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards named RedSeal its winner for consistently demonstrating the advancement of technologies to secure cloud applications.
  • Security Today’s 11th annual Govies Government Security Awards named RedSeal the 2020 Platinum Winner in two separate categories: outstanding solution for network security, as well as security and risk intelligence in the government sector.
  • Juniper Research’s Future Digital Awards, which honors the most innovative solutions for digital service providers and leading players in the market, gave its Platinum security award to RedSeal, for its exceptional network protection platform.
  • The Stevie Awards’ 2019 Women in Business Award selected Julie Parrish, RedSeal’s chief operating officer, as a Woman of the Year for Technology, for her outstanding achievements as a leader and for her roles in successfully increasing the company’s market.

“Across industries, these awards recognize the value our cyber terrain analytics platform delivers: unrivaled control in the face of escalating cyber complexity and threats,” said Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO at RedSeal. “Every day I’m grateful for – and inspired by – the dedication and ingenuity I see from each of our exceptionally talented team members.”

UK Business at Risk as Cyber Skills Gap Reaches Breaking Point

  • Over a year on from Parliament’s National Security Strategy report, cybersecurity training opportunities still aren’t a priority for the Government
  • A deepening talent gap in cybersecurity has potential to cause irreparable damage to UK business
  • CIOs and senior IT employers say a looming, uncertain Brexit is presenting enormous hiring challenges
  • Businesses face a global shortage of approximately 4 million cybersecurity pros
  • A focus needs to be put on ‘skilling up’ the UK’s next generation of cyber security professionals

27th November 2019 – A new, in-depth piece of research* conducted amongst UK CIOs and senior IT professionals has revealed that the cybersecurity skills gap has reached a crisis point, putting British business on the backfoot in the ongoing war against online fraud and cybercrime. This cybersecurity industry study from digital resilience experts RedSeal, unearthed major concerns about business’ ability to develop, attract and retain personnel with the right skillset to stand up against an ever growing threat landscape.

An enormous 87 percent of CIOs and senior IT pros reported that they are struggling to find cybersecurity professionals with the expertise needed to combat serious and organised online crime. Almost three quarters (73 percent) went on to say that uncertainty around Brexit is a huge concern when it comes to hiring security professionals from outside the UK. Further, 95 percent specified that Brexit will in fact widen the current skills gap, since many IT security professionals currently within British business are from outside the UK – due to the lack of advanced cybersecurity education provided locally.

Why aren’t cybersecurity training opportunities being made a priority by the Government?

It has been just over a year since Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, a cross-party group that works across both the Commons and Lords, published a report exposing the UK’s chronic lack of digital skills, even within some of its own security agencies. Published in July 2018, the report revealed that ‘although the UK has one of the most vibrant digital economies in the world, there is not currently the cyber security skills base to match, with both the Government and private sector affected by the shortage in skills. Authors of the report, titled Cyber Security Skills and the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure, voiced huge concerns around the Government’s apparent lack of urgency in addressing the cybersecurity skills gap in relation to Critical National Infrastructure.

Cybercrime is a real and present problem for UK business at a time of continued uncertainty

Further questioning within the RedSeal research also demonstrated that cybercrime and its impact on UK business continues to grow, with 81 percent reporting that they have suffered a cybersecurity breach in the last 12 months. The lack of skills has also contributed to a lack of proper response planning and almost half (40 percent) of senior IT pros stating that their business doesn’t have a plan in place to respond to a security breach.

RedSeal urges the UK government to create a more robust education policy that will deliver the skills needed in the future.

Dr Mike Lloyd, CTO at RedSeal and expert in the study of the spread of malware, commented on the new research: “Across the industry, we have drained the talent pool for security professionals. There’s a global shortage of about 4 million cybersecurity pros, up from just over 3 million last year**.  The UK’s education system can help, but not quickly – professionals agree that it takes about 10 years of real-world experience to develop the skills needed to combat today’s threats, so we’re facing a sustained drought for talent. Automation can help but cannot replace human intuition and insight. We have to build hybrid teams, combining computers for all the drudge work so that the few human analysts can focus on the security tasks that matter.”

Professor Peter Komisarczuk, Head of Department Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London, commented: “Further and higher education in cybersecurity needs continuing support in order to keep pace with the ever changing threat landscape that UK business is facing right now. There is a shortage of professionals with cyber security skills in the UK which means that engaging young people and mid-career changers in developing skills and knowledge through high level technical and computing education is more important than ever before.”

He continued: “There are significant career opportunities in cybersecurity – the average annual salary for jobs in cybersecurity is £72,500 and we are seeing our graduates getting significantly more that the average graduate salary of £23,000 on leaving with their degree. Moreover, the potential to contribute to economic growth is huge, as well as support UK business against a very real cyber threat.”

He finished: “There are some great schemes encouraging younger people to pursue a career in Information Security such as CyberFirst which provides excellent opportunities for 11-17 year olds to develop skills and knowledge as well as a bursary scheme for undergraduate students.”

*An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research on behalf of RedSeal among 502 IT professionals from the UK. The research fieldwork took place on 19th-27th June 2019. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code.

**According to the latest annual workforce study by (ISC)²