Businesses are struggling to effectively manage their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, according to research.

A survey of 100 IT managers in large UK enterprises found that 59 per cent do not have the necessary time to regularly monitor logs for suspicious behaviour while 40 per cent of respondents have serious concerns about their ability to report on internal systems and the time it takes to analyse data and logs from systems.

According to SecureData who commissioned the research, the situation is leaving these businesses, who have a minimum 1,000 employees, vulnerable to security attacks, data breaches and compliance issues. The research also found that 43 per cent of respondents see the ability of their business to detect internal and external threats, such as the latest zero-day vulnerabilities, as a high risk IT security challenge.

Etienne Greeff, managing director at SecureData, said: “Businesses are clearly struggling to stay on top of the management, reporting and analysis of their SIEM systems. Rather than fire-fighting the situation, businesses should be seeking the support of an outsourced solution, so they meet compliancy standards and reduce the risk of security attacks on their data.”