'Vendor sprawl' could make cyber risks more potent, research claims

Published on: 11 Dec 2019

Every business needs some technology products to keep them safe from cyber threats - but too many could actually be increasing the risk of an attack or breach.

This is the conclusion of research from ReliaQuest, which discovered there is a 'security tool tipping point' when the number of cyber security solutions in place becomes overwhelming rather than useful.

What the 2019 ReliaQuest Security Technology Sprawl Report called 'vendor sprawl' can lead to teams spending more time managing tools than defending against threats, as well as wasting valuable resources.

Indeed, according to the study, 70 per cent of organisations had invested in more than five new technologies in the past year, with 71 per cent saying they are being added faster than employees know how to use them.

ReliaQuest chief executive Brian Murphy said: "While it's tempting to think another piece of technology will solve the problem, it's far from true - in fact, this survey proves more tools can worsen enterprise security."

Instead, he recommended shifting the focus towards getting more out of previous purchases through training, as well as becoming more selective about new buys.

The news comes after a study by NTT found over-30s may actually be better at adopting cyber security best practice than their younger counterparts.