Why Security Pros Are Always Under Pressure

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-23-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Security Pros Are Always Under Pressure

    When a security professional’s mission it is to identify, protect, detect and respond to digital harms, it’s little wonder the pressure is always high.
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    Under Pressure

    63% of respondents felt more pressure to secure their organizations last year than the year before (54%). 65% this year, compared to 57% last year, expect to feel additional pressure in 2016.
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    Board Burden

    40% of respondents feel the most pressure regarding security either directly before or after a company board meeting— 1% more pressure than they experience after learning of a major data breach in the news.
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    Detection Is the Greatest Responsibility

    The largest security responsibilities 54% of respondents face are related to detecting vulnerabilities, malware and compromised systems.
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    Managed Security Services Partnerships

    The number of respondents who either already partner or plan to partner with a managed security services provider climbed to 86%, from 78% last year.
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    Not Ready for Prime Time

    77% of respondents feel pressure to unveil IT projects that are not yet secure. The percentage was the same last year.
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    Scarce Resources

    Pressure to select the latest security technologies jumped from 67% to 74%, but resources to implement them fell from 71% to 69%.
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    Pressure To Deploy IoT

    After the cloud, respondents feel the most pressure to adopt or deploy the Internet of things. The IoT is the second-riskiest technology— second only to the cloud.
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    Data and Intellectual Property Theft

    The theft of customer data and intellectual property are the top two outcomes causing worry after an attack or data breach. Disabled corporate Websites, usually inflicted by DDoS attacks, rose the most from 7 to 13% year-to-year.
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    Respondents who wish to quadruple their staff have risen from 24% to 29% for 2014 and 2015, respectively.
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    Job loss continues to be the third-highest fear following a breach, having grown from 8% to 11%. Reputation and financial damage are the first two fears.
 

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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