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These are the kind of cybersecurity hygiene issues that would undoubtedly worry security practitioners within or associated with these organizations .
Rohan Langdon , Vice President Australia and New Zealand ExtraHop

Australian security teams are being left under-resourced on the frontlines

With everything we know about the threat landscape , Rohan Langdon , Vice President Australia and New Zealand ExtraHop , asks how is it that over half of organizations have not had their cyber infrastructure updated in over a year-and-a-half . He tells us : “ A more recent driver for executive and board-level buy-in in Australia is the move to elevate and establish a higher degree of accountability for cybersecurity at the director and C-level .”

Time and speed are crucial attributes in threat detection and incident response . Yet CISOs and security teams in many organizations continue to face headwinds to securing appropriate funds and resourcing to maintain their performance against these attributes , and to secure the expanse of IT environments they monitor and oversee .

Behavioral researchers have previously tried to unpack the problem of leaders under-investing in cybersecurity . They posited back in 2017 a series of reverse psychological and persuasive techniques they said could be employed to counter patterns of executive thinking that led to cybersecurity activities being shortchanged .
Five years on , and despite a rapidly evolved threat landscape where organizations of all sizes are routinely targeted and breached , there are still too many organizations that present as ‘ weak links ’ – that , even in mid-2022 , are under-funded compared to their peers , use outdated tooling , live with unpatched systems and in some cases operate without dedicated security personnel . These organizations have security
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