Another high-pressure aspect of the top IT security job is always fighting for budget dollars and the standard return-on-investment budget models don't really help them much. But the way the "bad guys" are attacking is always changing, Ponemon adds.
Though most IT security pros believe deeply in the merits of their jobs, one aspect of it is particularly hard on them, and that's having to strongly criticize or stop data-sharing practices at their companies that they deem high risk. "It's pretty lonely because you're saying 'no' to people," Ponemon points out, adding, but to be competent, "you sometimes have to."
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