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Survey: Infosec pros under increasing pressure, short-staffed

Maria Korolov | March 12, 2015
The majority of security professionals, 54 percent, said they were under more pressure in 2014 than the year before, and 84 percent said they needed more staff, according to a report released today.

Bring-your-own-device policies were in second place, with 22 percent most pressured to adopt, up from 18 percent last year, and 27 percent feeling that they posed the greatest risk, up from 21 percent least year.

However, the pressure to adopt, and worries about risks all dropped significantly for mobile applications, social media, and big data.

Staffing needed

Of the 84 percent of respondents who said they needed more staff to cope with their security challenges, 54 percent said they wanted to double the size of their teams.

And 30 percent said they wanted to increase their teams by four times or more.

"There's a clear indication there that to staff up appropriately to meet demand was a big challenge for folks," he said.

"Most planned to partner with a managed security firm to augment their staff," he added. "They're starting to feel that they're not going to get all the security manpower to get the job done, and are looking to alternative strategies like managed security services."

According to the survey, 35 percent said they already partnered with a managed security services provider, and 43 percent said they would do so in the future.


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