Security service providers suffer from false positive alert overload

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A new survey of managed security service providers (MSSPs) reveals that they are suffering an avalanche of false positive security alerts. The study from Advanced Threat Analytics reveals that 44 percent of respondents report a 50 percent or higher false-positive rate, half of those experience a 50-75 percent false-positive rate and the remainder a startling 75-99 percent rate. Nearly 45 percent of respondents say they investigate 10 or more alerts each day, that breaks down into 22 percent investigating between 10 and 20 alerts each day, 11 percent investigating 20-40 daily, and 11 percent investigating 50 or more. It takes…

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