Industry’s First Alert Fatigue Report Focused on Public Cloud Security Shows the Scale of the Problem, Its Causes, Ramifications, and Solutions
PORTLAND, OR – March 15th, 2022 – Orca Security, the cloud security innovation leader, today released the Orca Security 2022 Cloud Security Alert Fatigue Report, the industry’s first research report on public cloud security alert fatigue. The survey, held among over 800 IT professionals across five countries and ten industries found that more than half (55%) of respondents use three or more cloud providers and 57% have five or more cloud security tools. This combination of multi-cloud adoption and disparate tooling is overwhelming security teams with a flood of inaccurate alerts. For example, 59% of respondents receive more than 500 public cloud security alerts per day, and 38% receive more than 1,000 per day.
More than half of respondents spend more than 20% of their time deciding which alerts should be dealt with first. The overload of alerts, combined with widespread inaccuracy (43% say more than 40% of their alerts are false positives) is not only contributing to turnover but also to missed critical alerts. More than half of respondents (55%) say their team missed critical alerts in the past, due to ineffective alert prioritization – often on a weekly and even daily basis.
“Multiple, disconnected tools continue to plague security teams. Having to sift through hundreds of ‘high priority’ often meaningless alerts is causing security practitioners to become overwhelmed and leading to burnout and turnover, exacerbating cybersecurity staff shortages,” said Avi Shua, CEO and co-founder, Orca Security. “The only way to win the battle of cloud security is to leverage context to the maximum. Practitioners should be enabled to focus on the very few toxic combinations of alerts and attack paths that can put their crown jewels in jeopardy, rather than trying to review thousands of meaningless alerts.”
The number of cloud security alerts and false positives keeps rising.
Security teams waste time, become desensitized by false-positive alerts, and experience organizational friction and burnout.
The more security tools, the higher rate of false positives and alert fatigue.
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