Businesses across Europe are adopting complex purchasing strategies for security systems, which makes it difficult for them to have a single clear view of the security of their IT infrastructure, and patch their systems.
A study of 600 businesses across six European countries by McAfee and Mori found that although three-quarters of those questioned wanted a single view of security, nearly a third use four or more management consoles and a quarter have five or more different security suppliers.
Businesses are deploying a large number of security solutions across their organisation. Nearly a third have five or more security solutions deployed, and one in five have seven or more different security solutions.
British companies use the most security solutions, with 44% deploying five or more and nearly a third of enterprises using seven or more.
Over a quarter of firms said they based their purchasing decisions on the specific features of the product. But cost is the biggest motivator for UK businesses, with just over one in five companies stating they are choosing the cheapest option.
The profusion of different security solutions makes patching more complex, claims McAfee. Across Europe, over half of businesses say they apply patches once a day or more.