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BizReport : Internet : February 10, 2016

Report: Pressure is on for security pros

The pressures are mounting for cyber security professionals, and the pressure isn't just in preventing or recovering from breaches. More than 10% say they fear losing their job because of security breaches.

by Kristina Knight

Look for more businesses to increase their online security staff significantly this year. According to the TrustWave 2016 Security Pressures Report about one-third of in-house security pros say they'll likely quadruple their staff this year. Most (63%) say they face more pressures in securing their businesses than ever before.

"Security professionals live in a unique and stressful environment, defined by conflict with faceless attackers as well as internal threats," said Steve Kelley, Chief Marketing Officer at Trustwave. "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% of them, to partner with a managed security services provider to relax the pressures and help them achieve their cybersecurity goals."

Other interesting findings from the report include:
• 40% say they feel more pressure directly before or after board meetings
• 54% say their biggest responsibility is detection of malware or other vulnerabilities
• 86% say they plan to partner with a managed security firm
• 77% say they 'feel pressured' to go live with IT projects that aren't properly vetted for security

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Tags: cyber security trends, internet security, internet trends, IT security, TrustWave

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