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Survey: Security Pros 'Stretched Thin' Due to Higher Tech Adoption

Survey: Security Pros 'Stretched Thin' Due to Higher Tech Adoption - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Survey: Security Pros 'Stretched Thin' Due to Higher Tech Adoption - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe growing number of technologies implemented by businesses is posing a challenge to information security executives and their staffs, potentially jeopardizing the security of government agencies, corporations and consumers worldwide over the next several years, according to a new study.

Conducted by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the 2011 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study says new threats from mobile devices, the cloud, social networking and insecure applications, as well as added responsibilities have led to “information security professionals being stretched thin, and like a series of small leaks in a dam, the current overworked workforce may be showing signs of strain.“

The study also shows a significant gap in skills needed industrywide. While information security professionals said they needed better training, a large number reported many of these technologies are already being used without consideration to security.

Other key findings from the study include:

  • Mobile devices are one of the most pressing concerns among respondents. The study concludes mobile security could be the single most dangerous threat to organizations for the foreseeable future.
  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents do not expect to see any increase in budget for information security personnel and training in 2011.
  • Salaries have grown despite a global recession, with three out of five respondents reported receiving a pay increase in 2010.

“We need a paradigm shift in our global cybersecurity strategy to address the skills gaps revealed by the study,“ said W. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2. “(ISC)2 believes it will take a combined effort of industry, government, academia and the profession to attract and educate a new generation of high-quality information security personnel and equip current professionals to address the latest threats.“

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