Why Security Pros Are Always Under Pressure

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-23-2016 Email

A shortage of security expertise is now the third biggest pressure security professionals face, up from eighth last year, according to a new report. Advanced security threats and the adoption of emerging technologies are the two concerns ahead of the shrinking pool of security experts. The goal of the survey was to measure the variety of pressures IT pros face regarding security. The report, "2016 Security Pressures Report," was commissioned by security firm Trustwave and surveyed 1,414 security decision-makers or security influencers. They included CIOs, CISOs, CSOs, IT/IT security directors and IT/IT security managers worldwide. More than 600 respondents were from the United States, 210 from Canada, 204 from the United Kingdom, 202 from Australia and 194 from Singapore. "The job hazards are unmistakable for those whose mission it is to identify, protect, detect and respond to digital harms," says the report, "Studies have shown that high stress levels at work lead to less productive workers, and security professionals can ill-afford to disengage from their jobs."

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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