Thursday, October 13, 2011

Security Professionals Face Serious Challenges

Recently, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)² sponsored a study carried out by Frost & Sullivan of more than 10,000 security professionals around the world.
Some of the key findings of this study can be summarized as:

  1. Application vulnerabilities represent the number one threat to organizations.
  2. Mobile devices were the second highest security concern for the organization, despite an overwhelming number of professionals having policies and tools in place to defend against mobile threats. 
  3. Professionals aren't ready for social media threats.
  4. A clear skills gap exists that jeopardizes professionals' ability to protect organizations in the near future. 
  5. Information security professionals weathered the economic recession very well.
  6. Cloud computing illustrates a serious gap between technology implementation and the skills necessary to provide security.
  7. Developing countries illustrated opportunities for growth with an experienced and more educated workforce.
  8. The information security workforce continues to show signs of strong growth. 

The study can be downloaded free of charge from this website.

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