IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Enterprise Security: Critical Skills Needed, Survey Says

By Brian Prince  |  Posted 2011-02-17 Print this article Print
Enterprise Security: Critical Skills Needed, Survey Says

Enterprise Security: Critical Skills Needed, Survey Says

by Brian Prince
In tight economic times, making yourself attractive to employers is a matter of survival. For IT security professionals, that means staying on top of their organizations' needs and keeping abreast of current threats and what's on the horizon. It's a heady task, and one that has created a critical skills gap in IT, a survey of 10,000 security professionals found.According to the survey by Frost & Sullivan for the non-profit (ISC)2, dealing with threats coming from mobile devices, cloud computing, social networking and unsecure applications, and addressing the security concerns of customers has led to IS professionals being stretched thin. The survey was released at the RSA Conference 2011. "In the modern organization, end-users are dictating IT priorities by bringing technology to the enterprise rather than the other way around, Robert Ayoub, global program director of network security for Frost & Sullivan, said in a statement. "Pressure to secure too much and the resulting skills gap are creating risk for organizations worldwide. Hiring talented security pros and investing in professional development can alleviate some of those risks, he said. So what are the challenges facing enterprises, and what can security pros do to meet the needs of their current and prospective employers? A look at the survey reveals some answers to challenges facing enterprises, and tells how businesses are solving some of the problems they face today.

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