Intelligent CISO Issue 57 | Page 65

Most respondents rated their setup at level 2 or 3 on the maturity scale .
BUSINESS SURVEILLANCE automation adoption and greater budget allocation are linked to maturity .
Surprisingly , the 262 CISOs we surveyed were least confident in the maturity of their setup ; the average position was 2.5 out of five and most rated their organisation at level 2 ( 35 %) indicating that they have limited resources to support their security operations practice .
A further 27.5 % selected level 3 and 15 % chose level 4 . Only 4 % said they had an advanced practice in place and 19 % said they were only at level 1 – effectively having no practice in place at all . This correlates with the fact that CISOs are less likely than respondents in other roles to say they are already automating key cybersecurity processes ; only around one in five said they already automate processes such as threat intelligence management , phishing analysis and vulnerability management . CISOs are also the most likely to say budgets have remained static and the least likely to have received a net new budget compared to other roles ( 26 % vs an average of 34 %).
Heads of SOC ( n = 209 ) rate their maturity higher than their CISO counterparts , with just 10 % selecting level 1 and an overall rating of 2.74 out of five . They are slightly more likely on average than CISOs to be already automating key use cases and more of them ( 32.5 %) have received a net new budget .
Heads of IT Security Solutions Architecture ( n = 54 ) and Heads of Cyber Threat Intelligence ( CTI ) ( n = 114 ) also rate maturity higher than CISOs ( at level 3 and 2.98 respectively ). Additionally , Heads of CTI are more likely than most other roles to be getting a net new budget ( 44 % compared to an average of 34 %) and 29 % are already automating key use cases .
Based on their responses , CISOs see their organisation as less mature in cybersecurity and have fewer resources to devote to improving cybersecurity automation compared to those in other roles . This is potentially concerning , as CISOs sit in a more strategic position and have broader influence over the organisation ’ s approach . It may be that they are more realistic about their performance , or it could be that they don ’ t have visibility over the extent to which their reports are already using automation .

Most respondents rated their setup at level 2 or 3 on the maturity scale .

This analysis also shows that the more processes that are already automated and the more net new budget received , the higher the respondent rates the maturity of their organisation .
Most organisations are early on their journey to cybersecurity automation maturity
Overall , most respondents rated their setup at level 2 or 3 on the maturity scale . Just one in five said that they have an established cybersecurity operations practice that is tuned to recognise threats that are specific to their organisation and prioritises them accordingly and that they integrate with the wider business ( level 4 ). Still fewer , just 38 out of the 750 surveyed , said they were operating a model so effective that it was seen as an asset to the business .
There is clearly some way to travel to reach the desired level of maturity , but that is not surprising . Automation may be the Holy Grail of efficient cyberdefence , but it is still a relatively new discipline and there are undoubtedly challenges involved in implementation and achieving ROI , as our full research report reveals .
Perhaps most tellingly , however , are the variations in perception of cybersecurity operations maturity between the different roles . CISOs are undoubtedly feeling less confident and need more support to realise a roadmap for maturity than some of their counterparts in the SOC , IR and cyberthreat intelligence divisions .
This disconnect between CISOs and other roles was notable across several of the survey responses and perhaps indicates the more strategic position occupied by CISOs , as they face budget constraints and skills shortages . By working more closely with professionals in other roles , they may be able to gain a better understanding of the value and application of cybersecurity automation and how to demonstrate ROI so that they can unlock more budget and move along the maturity curve . u
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