Vectra research: Attacks using encryption are breaching 70% of organizations

November 24, 2022

San Jose, California – November 24, 2022 – Vectra AI, the leader in Security AI-driven hybrid cloud threat detection and response, has released a report on “The Evolving role of Network Detection and Response (NDR)”. It highlights why today’s security teams find it increasingly difficult to detect and stop cyber threats targeting their organizations. The research found that 70% of organizations have fallen victim to an attack that used encrypted traffic to avoid detection. Almost half (45%) admitted they’ve fallen victim multiple times. Worryingly, two thirds (66%) still don’t have visibility into all their encrypted traffic, leaving them highly vulnerable to further encrypted attacks.

The report shows that cybersecurity and networking professionals are struggling against rapidly increasing threat detection and response workloads, preventing analysts from dealing with sophisticated threats. Key findings include:

  • 45% of cybersecurity and networking professionals feel threat detection and response workloads have increased – 40% citing more resources in the cloud, and 36% more devices on the network  
  • 37% believe sophistication of threats has increased making it difficult for analysts to spot legitimate attacks
  • 69% agree that the lag between exploitation and detection gives attackers too much time to breach a network – with 29% also citing communication issues between SOC and other IT teams
  • 23% believe SOC analysts do not have the right level of skills, and one-in-five (18%) believe they’re understaffed – suggesting security analysts are not equipped to deal with the scale of cyberattacks they face
  • 60% of SMBs feel threat detection and response is now harder – showing smaller organizations are struggling to keep pace with the evolving cybercrime landscape

“Organizations face a barrage of threats on all fronts – in their network, cloud and IT environments – while cybercriminals use techniques like encryption to breach firms undetected. What’s more, many don’t have the skills or staff to deal with increasing security workloads," comments Mark Wojtasiak, VP Product Strategy at Vectra. “To stem the tide against them, security teams need total visibility into their environments, so they can spot the signs of an attack before it becomes a breach. By empowering analysts with AI-driven Attack Signal IntelligenceTM, organizations can prioritize otherwise unknown and urgent threats that pose the greatest risk to the business. This improves analyst throughput by reducing alert noise, and arms them to reduce risk and keep organizations safe.”

About the research

The Evolving Role of NDR report – conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) – surveyed 376 IT, cybersecurity, and networking professionals responsible for managing network security for their organizations.

  • To download Vectra’s Evolving Role of NDR Report, please click here.  
  • Vectra will also be hosting a webinar with Enterprise Strategy Group covering the research at 9am Pacific Time on Tuesday November 29 – you can sign up here.

About Vectra

Vectra® is the leader in Security AI-driven cyber threat detection and response for hybrid cloud. Vectra’s patented Attack Signal Intelligence detects and prioritizes threats across public cloud, SaaS, identity, and networks in a single platform. Vectra’s Attack Signal Intelligence goes beyond simple anomaly detection to analyze and understand attacker behavior. The resulting high-fidelity signal and deep context enables security operations teams to prioritize, investigate and respond to cyber-attacks in progress sooner and faster. Organizations worldwide rely on the Vectra platform and MDR services to stay ahead of modern cyber-attacks. Visit  

About ESG

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) is an integrated technology analysis, research, and strategy firm providing market intelligence, actionable insight, and go-to-market content services to the global technology community. It is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s leading analyst firms in helping technology vendors make strategic decisions across their go-to-market programs through factual, peer-based research. ESG is a division of TechTarget, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTGT), the global leader in purchase intent-driven marketing and sales services focused on delivering business impact for enterprise technology companies.

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