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Pressures increasing for cyber professionals, says research

Trustwave has released its 2016 Security Pressures Report, showing 63 per cent of information security professionals felt more pressure to secure their organizations in 2015 compared to the previous 12 months and 65 per cent expect to feel additional pressure this year.

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Those numbers grew 9 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively, compared to last year. The survey also showed the shortage of security expertise has climbed from the eighth-biggest operational pressure facing security pros to the third-biggest, behind advanced security threats and adoption of emerging technologies.

Around 40 per cent of respondents felt the most pressure in relation to their security program either directly before or after a company board meeting and 77 per cent of respondents (nearly four in five) were pressured to unveil IT projects that weren’t security ready.

Customer data theft and intellectual property theft remained the top two worrying outcomes following an attack or data breach, but a disabled corporate website was the biggest riser (from 7 per cent to 13 per cent).

Steve Kelley, chief marketing officer at Trustwave, said: “Security professionals live in a unique and stressful environment, defined by conflict with faceless attackers as well as internal threats. Businesses rely on information security more than ever before and the pressure to show measurable success is taking a toll on security practitioners.

“The widening gulf between the expected outcomes and the struggle to maintain adequate solutions and staff is driving businesses, now as many as 86 per cent of them, to partner with a managed security services provider to relax the pressures and help them achieve their cybersecurity goals.”

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