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SANS Institute: Over half of cyber professionals lack the skills for cyber threat intelligence

Research

12:00 Monday, 15 March 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

In its report “2021 SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Survey”, the SANS Institute asks: “What inhibits your organization from implementing CTI effectively?”. The most common response, with 53.6% of respondents agreeing, was: “Lack of trained staff or lack of skills needed to fully utilize CTI”. This is despite the fact that 44.4% stated that “we have a formal dedicated [CTI] team”, and also flies in the face of statistics that show an almost linear rise in the percentage of organisations that produce or consume CTI from 60% in 2017 to 85% in 2021.

Dissemination of CTI information is similarly sub-optimal, with the majority (66.5%) of organisations using generic tools such as PowerPoint and Excel rather than a purpose-built CTI platform – and with almost 9% fewer organisations using in-person briefings to impart data, due in part to the impact of home working caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The full report is available via Computer Weekly.