The proliferation and sophistication of hackers, combined with increased reliance on interconnected applications, devices and systems has created a security environment that’s challenging for even the best prepared organizations, according to a new research study by IT industry association CompTIA.

The growing organization of hackers (cited by 54% of the 400 technology and business professionals surveyed online by CompTIA in January 2015), the sophistication of threats (52%) and the greater availability of hacking tools (48%) carry implications for business.

Just over half of those surveyed (52%) say greater interconnectivity has complicated their security efforts. As organizations have embraced cloud computing and mobile technology solutions, they’ve extended the security perimeter, creating new security considerations, the study notes. Legacy security systems and practices are often not sufficient to protect the expanded perimeter.

“It’s not that businesses need to be convinced that security is important,” Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis at CompTIA, said in a statement. “Instead, they need to be convinced of the ways that their current security approach is putting them at risk.”

There are three areas where organizations are changing their security posture, Robinson says: technology, processes and personnel. Companies are bringing in new security technologies to go along with the new business technologies they’re using.

Data loss prevention is one of the most common new tools, now in use by 58% of the organizations surveyed. Identity and access management and security information and event management both showed strong growth in adoption, at 57% and 49%, respectively.

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