Looking closer at the usage of various security technologies across different industries, we can see that the only tools with a universally high adoption across all sectors are traditional security products like firewalls, endpoint security solutions and intrusion detection systems to a certain extent. When it comes to more advanced technologies, however, adoption rates vary dramatically.

Breakdown of used technologies across different sectors (N=208)

Heavily regulated industries like finance and telecommunications, as well as manufacturing are leading in adoption of security information and event management products, which is quite understandable since they usually have large enough budgets to afford running an own security operations center. Finance organizations and telcos are also leading in adoption of governance technologies, which again unsurprising considering strong compliance regulations they are facing.

When it comes to security analytics, one should look at the Real-Time Security Intelligence products on-premises or as managed services, as well as more specialized products like User Behavior Analytics. Unsurprising, the telecommunications operators are leading here again, followed by financial and IT companies.

Among the surveyed industries, manufacturing and public sector companies are the slowest to adopt the security analytics technologies. Especially for manufacturing companies, where a hacking attack may lead to a disruption of a critical manufacturing process or even lead to an industrial disaster, this outdated view on information security must be overcome as soon as possible.


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