Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) , Events , Infosecurity Europe 2023

Combat IT Team Burnout by Embracing Automation

Expel VP Chris Waynforth on How Security Researchers Can Reduce False Positives
Chris Waynforth, general manager and vice president, international business, Expel

In a digital world teeming with cyberthreats, cybersecurity professionals are valiantly defending the virtual realm. But a rising tide of unnecessary cyber alerts is threatening to overwhelm their efforts, leading to burnout and reduced efficiency within the team.

According to a recent report by Expel, over half of cybersecurity teams' time is spent dealing with no-essential cyber alert incidents. These false positives and insignificant notifications consume valuable resources and distract the team from tackling real threats, said Chris Waynforth, general manager and vice president of international business at Expel.

"While modern technology is effective at pinpointing potential threats, it also generates an overwhelming number of notifications, leaving cybersecurity professionals drowning in information," he said, adding that security organizations should consider adopting automated solutions to filter and prioritize alerts for a more efficient incident response.

In this interview with Information Security Media Group at Infosecurity Europe 2023, Waynforth also discussed:

  • Cybersecurity challenges facing organizations;
  • The impact of unnecessary cyber alerts;
  • The benefits of automation.

Waynforth has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, helping some of the world's largest banks detect and prevent cybercrime. He previously worked with Imperva, New Relic, Splunk and Identiv.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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