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Information security professionals and the resource gap
This article is part of the May 2011 issue of Information Security magazine
As security executives with years of experience under our belts, we found the findings of the (ISC)2 fifth Global Information Security Workforce Study, released earlier this year, track well with the direction of information security since the last workforce study was completed in 2008. Overall, the study’s results reflect: The rise of focus on regulatory compliance in developed regions. The continuing growth of information security in the Asia-Pacific region. The maturation of information security in North America and Europe. The impact of the global economic downturn, particularly in Europe. The focus of technology and security “higher up the stack” towards application layers and away from infrastructure; this trend mirrors the evolution of threats over the past several years. The increasing influence of consumer technology on the enterprise. We concur with the main conclusion of the study that the pressures presented to organizations and information security professionals by these trends have never been greater. SECURITY ...
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Cybercriminals are using social engineering fueled by social media to attack users and break into companies.
A strong information security program that goes beyond minimum standards will ease compliance.
New security tools allow companies to extend encryption and authentication to mobile devices.
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There’s growing demand for information security professionals, but where will these skilled people come from?
Remember, potential new security roles are doled out based on experience and accomplishments, not some fancy title.
Companies need to improve their employee security awareness training to fight today’s threats.