Consultants, resellers and partners are the most important source of information when selecting security suppliers and outsourcing security to a third party, claims Digital Risk Protection specialist Skurio.
In a survey of IT and security decision-makers at 300+ UK businesses, advice from resellers and partners was cited by 43% as an important source of insight when researching cyber security solutions, followed by existing security suppliers (40%) and technology media (39%).
These sources were all rated more highly than word of mouth recommendations or online sources, such as video sites.
The research reveals that more than 50% of UK businesses now make use of outsourced services to manage their cyber security, with 80% of survey respondents worrying that their teams lack the skills and knowledge to monitor risks, threats and breaches outside their network.
The research also highlights an appetite for innovation amongst security professionals, with security decision-makers twice as likely as IT professional to work with a disruptive start up cyber security company (31% vs. 16%).
Commenting on the findings, Jeremy Hendy, CEO of Skurio, said: “We’re facing exceptional circumstances in terms of working practices and how we need to manage cyber threats, and this is placing massive pressures on businesses of all sizes. We know that the luxury of in-house security teams, on call 24/7 to monitor for external threats, is simply out of reach for many organisations. The research highlights the importance of outsourcing to managed service providers who make cyber security their business.”