A quarter of security professionals do not have the confidence or skills to manage virtual security deployments, according to a survey.
The survey of 100 IT decision makers from UK enterprise organisations with an excess of 1,000 employees by Trend Micro found that 25 per cent of British organisations did not have the knowledge to manage virtual security deployments, while 52 per cent said that this is down to a lack of training or funds available to train.
The survey also found that almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of IT decision makers want to see their organisations boost investment in training to help them develop to skills required to better secure virtual environments, while 57 per cent wanted to see virtual security guidelines put in to help organisations understand best practice.
Michael Darlington, technical director at Trend Micro, said: “Our research from earlier this year revealed an alarming number of British businesses are struggling to keep their virtual systems secure and our latest report finds that a lack of training and education is the main contributor to this issue.
“However, it is promising that security professionals recognise the problem and are demanding investment in up-skilling to better equip them to manage new, complex IT infrastructures. Ultimately the responsibility lies with organisations to provide their staff with the training and support necessary to ensure business data is safe. Without this investment, we will see businesses continue to struggle to secure their virtual networks, leaving themselves open to the risk of cyber attacks.”
Additionally, over half of UK businesses are seeking more guidance from vendors when it comes to securing virtual environments.