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Executive viewpoint: Mixed messages on software security
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of November 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 9
(ISC)2 issued their Global Information Security Workforce Study during the RSA Conference in February; so when their own Security Congress 2013 event opened in Chicago this fall, they were looking for something fresh to say. The solution was a recut of the original data, focusing solely on the responses from the 1,634 respondents "with security executive titles." The results in "A View From the Top: The (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study CXO Report" largely tracked with the broader Global Workforce Study, but did uncover a strange paradox. The top priority or "concern" was application security, but it also ranked as the lowest priority in terms of time spent. It's a big mismatch, and respondents in this report aren't exactly the slackers in the room. They've been in the security discipline for more than 14 years on average; 12% of them have been at it 25 years or more. They're all C-level, with 57% holding CSO, CISO or CIO titles. They make the big bucks, with a third of them (in the private sector, at least) ...
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