McAfee survey raises threat concerns over integration in cybersecurity.
Half of organisations in the UK, France, Germany and the US are using five or more products to secure their computer networks, according to the security company McAfee.
In a survey of IT decision makers a third said that a lack of integration could lead to threats being overlooked due to a lack of information sharing, sometimes leading to threats not being mitigated by the appropriate product.
Ashish Patel, UK and Ireland regional director of network security at McAfee, said: "It’s no longer enough for businesses to deploy point security products in answer to the latest security threat or compliance requirement.
"How these systems communicate to provide actionable intelligence has to be a priority to stay one step ahead of advanced attacks."
Despite these fears many of the respondents were confident about their company’s ability to safeguard their assets, with three-quarters saying they were in a position to stop zero-day attacks, in which bugs unknown to developers are exploited by hackers.
More than half also thought their firewall could detect and respond to advanced malware, with 60% of those surveyed in the UK saying they had a next generation firewall (NGFW) in place.
"Businesses must integrate their wider security architecture, such as SIEM, Endpoint, ATD [advanced threat detection] and global threat intelligence with their NGFW to accelerate the discovery and remediation of advanced threats to ensure their business remains safe," Patel added.