1Trustwave Report Shows Enterprises Can’t Hire Enough Security Staff
Finding qualified IT Security staff is hard enough, but if these specialists fail to help an organization meet regulatory compliance it’s likely they’ll be fired, a Trustwave survey finds.
2Finding IT Talent is a Challenge
When asked about the biggest challenges related to IT security staffing, 57 percent of respondents indicated that recruiting and finding talent is a significant or major challenge.
3IT Security Staff Turnover is Not Higher Than Other Staff
While there is a constant flow of staff in and out of many organizations, 64 percent of respondents indicated that IT security staff turnover is not higher than other corporate departments.
4Experience Is The Most Highly Valued Attribute
The study clearly shows that 83 percent of the responding organizations indicated that experience was the most highly valued attribute in potential IT security job candidates.
5IT Staff Spend the Most Time on System Updates
When it comes to understanding how current IT staff spends their time, it turns out that security is not at the top of the list. Instead 40 percent of respondents indicated that they spend most of their time on system maintenance and update tasks.
6Email Security is a Top Priority
The survey found that 67 percent of respondents identified email security technology as sector that should be heavily or significantly funded.
7Security Testing Requires the Most Talented IT Staff
While email security was identified as a top priority, it’s not the area of IT security that requires the most skilled IT staff members. The report stated that 64 percent of respondent identified security testing (including vulnerability scanning and penetration testing) as an area of IT requiring the most skilled staff.
8IT Professionals Get Fired for Failing to Meet Compliance Standards
While it’s hard for organizations to find and retain IT security staff, there are several different reasons why an organization would choose to fire staff. The top reason (68 percent) is failing to meet regulatory compliance that led to a large fine or other penalty.