How Digital Assets Strain IT Security Efforts

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-30-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How Digital Assets Strain IT Security Efforts

    An influx of digital assets found within cloud, mobile and big data initiatives is a major catalyst in how companies now approach cyber-security.
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    Greater Awareness

    46% of survey respondents feel that their company’s security is completely satisfactory, and 54% said there is generally a high understanding of the topic.
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    Top Drivers for Shifting Security Approaches
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    Top Drivers for Shifting Security Approaches

    Change in IT operations: 51%, Reports of security breaches: 46%, Internal security breach/incident: 40%
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    47% said a company mindset that current security measures are “good enough” presents a major challenge in pursuing new security initiatives, while 43% cited the prioritization of other tech.
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    39% said a lack of security metrics presents a major challenge in pursuing new security initiatives, while 37% cited a lack of security-dedicated budgeting.
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    Hot Field

    There were nearly 110,000 job postings for information security analysts in 2015, up from just under 49,000 in 2013.
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    Talent Shortage

    45% of survey respondents said they deal with security skills gaps at their company, and 7% said these gaps are “major.”
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    Most Common Approaches in Closing IT Security Skills Gaps

    Training for existing employees: 66%, Encouraging more certifications for IT security: 56%, Partnering with outside firms: 41%, Hiring more staff: 31%
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    71% describe the security awareness of their general workforce as “advanced,” while just 29% said it is “basic” or “low.”
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    54% said they provide additional security training for the general workforce during new employee orientation, and 50% said they do so through ongoing training programs. Meanwhile, 48% said they do so by reviewing existing security policies.
 

A notable number of IT security professionals said a corporate mindset that current measures are “good enough” presents a major obstacle in the pursuit of new security initiatives, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The resulting report, titled “Practices of Security Professionals,” reveals that the prioritization of other tech pursuits and a lack of security-focused metrics and budgeting also create significant challenges. Other findings cover a broad range of security-related topics and, fortunately, many of the results are encouraging: Most security pros believe that there is generally a high understanding about security throughout their organization – even describing the cyber-security awareness of their workforce as “advanced.” “The past several years have seen dramatic shifts in enterprise technology,” according to the report. “Companies have moved past early experiments with cloud systems to adopt a cloud-first mentality when planning infrastructure. Mobile devices have become ubiquitous, extending the personal computing platform and increasing productivity and efficiency. Digital data has grown in relevance as businesses collect data from new sources and extract new insights. Yet for all the focus on cloud, mobility, and big data, a more traditional topic is quickly becoming the top priority in the IT industry. Cyber-security has been a concern for businesses ever since they started building digital assets, but new technology models along with a greater reliance on that technology are driving changes in how companies approach security.” A total of 500 U.S. IT security pros took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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