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CompTIA: Emerging Threats a Struggle for IT Managers

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 11-19-2010 Print
Even though IT executives say information security is a top priority, many struggle to develop policies and train users on how to handle emerging threats from social networking, mobile devices and the cloud.

IT managers are ranking information security as high IT priority within their organizations, but more training and better policies are necessary to protect them from new threats, according to survey results released by CompTIA on Nov. 18.

CompTIA's Global Security Trends, an annual report examining information security in its eighth year, surveyed 1,400 IT and business executives "directly" involved with defining or implementing information security in the organization. The surveyed countries include Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

About 49 percent of respondents in the United States rated information security as an "upper level" IT priority in the 2010 report. This was over a 10 percent jump from 2008, and researchers expect to see another jump of almost 10 percent, to 58 percent, in 2012, said Tim Herbert, vice president of research at CompTIA to eWEEK.

When looked at globally, the numbers remained the same, with the 2012 results edging up slightly to 62 percent. Companies in South Africa, India, Brazil and the United Kingdom placed the most emphasis on information security as an organizational priority, according to CompTIA.


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