Research Finds Automated Analytic Solutions Lead to Higher Confidence in Early Detection of Cyber Security Issues

Study Finds Shrinking IT Professional Pool is Driving Need for Advanced Tools

ATLANTA--()--A newly released research report found that 57% of security and IT professionals find solutions utilizing advanced security analytics provide unique data that cannot be obtained from other types of technologies, with 36% indicating that data automatically correlated from multiple sources improves their response. The report from Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA) titled Data-Driven Security Reloaded, also found that an inability to fill open IT security headcount is driving increasing demand for advanced analytic tools, which can detect attacks earlier in the lifecycle.

“detect an important security issue before it has significant impact.”

Traditional security tools and monitoring practices have become increasingly insufficient. As attacks become more persistent and difficult to prevent, detection and removal can place a burden on security staff. The lack of human capital to keep up with the volume of noise creates a need for technologies that can do the heavy-lifting.

“Lack of qualified staff was a key security driver in this year’s report with the majority (68%) of respondents indicating that they were experiencing impacts from a lack of qualified security staff,” said David Monahan, EMA Research Director and author of the report. “This shortage has motivated companies to evaluate tools such as security analytics enhance breach and compromise detection, provide highly actionable intelligence for incident prioritization, and improve incident response workflow automation.”

Security analytics tools provide practitioners with actionable threat intelligence and breach detection so they can remediate quickly and with precision. Damballa and Enterprise Management Associates partnered to provide the research, which identified that respondents that have a security analytics solution experienced 52% higher confidence in their ability to “detect an important security issue before it has significant impact.” This study underscores the need for next generation tools to be successful in the age of advanced and persistent threats.

“The scope of security threats has evolved and enterprises can’t add more warriors to the battleground to keep up with the countless devices and applications coming online,” said Brian Foster, CTO of Damballa. “Today’s advanced detection solutions must incorporate security analytics to deliver higher fidelity data. This gives security pros insights impossible to get through traditional tools and provides better context for detection and response in once prevention fails.”

Some other key findings in the survey included:

  • The top three desired capabilities for accelerating breach detection were

- Better trend analysis or anomaly detection for reduced false positives – 47%.

- Increased ability to easily aggregate and cross analyze varied data sources – 43%.

- Advanced automated or guided response capabilities – 40%

  • Government customers identified the highest value, with 33% of them receiving greater than expected value from the solution.

To access the summary of the report visit

To listen to a webinar discussing the report results, hosted by Damballa with EMA Research Director and report author David Monahan, visit

About Damballa

As the experts in advanced threat protection and containment, Damballa discovers active threats that bypass all security prevention layers. Damballa identifies evidence of malicious network traffic in real time, rapidly pinpointing the compromised devices that represent the highest risk to a business. Our patented solutions leverage Big Data from the industry's broadest data set of consumer and enterprise network traffic, combined with machine learning, to automatically discover and terminate criminal activity, stopping data theft, minimizing business disruption, and reducing the time to response and remediation. Damballa protects any device or OS including PCs, Macs, Unix, iOS, Android, and embedded systems. Damballa protects more than 400 million endpoints globally at enterprises in every major market and for the world's largest ISP and telecommunications providers. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @DamballaInc.


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Release Summary

A newly released research report found that 57% of security and IT professionals find solutions utilizing advanced security analytics provide unique data that cannot obtained from other types of tech