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Information Security Workforce Study

The information and IT security body (ISC)2 is calling on practicing global cybersecurity professionals to share their insights in the sixth edition of its Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS).

The industry body describes the research as providing much needed insight into current opportunities and trends experienced at first-hand within cybersecurity. Managed by the (ISC)2 Foundation, the non-profit charitable trust for (ISC)2 that aims to empower students, teachers, and the general public to secure their online lives with community cyber security education and awareness, with the support of its sponsors, the research is by the analyst firm Frost & Sullivan and offered to the industry and the public as a free resource.

Julie Peeler, director, (ISC)2 Foundation, said: “It’s extremely important in our increasingly digitally-driven world to have a current understanding of the evolving risks and responsibilities. This is the only research available that truly offers a detailed picture of how the global cybersecurity profession is changing and the driving other business factors.”

The scope of the study covers pay scales, skills and training requirements, hiring practices, budgets, career progression, corporate attitudes, technology development within businesses and security concerns. Issues include:

· Application vulnerabilities have ranked as the highest security concern since 2011, while low levels of interaction between the security and software development communities persist.

· The effects of a sharp skills shortage despite double digit growth in the profession over the last five years, with few young people and women entering the field.

· Security incident preparedness exhibiting signs of strain with a growing number of professionals suggesting preparedness is worsening despite increased levels of security spending.

· Requirements to obtain new skills and an expanded knowledge base due to adoption of new technologies has had a significant impact on information security professionals.

· Changing demands on professionals’ time, evolving reporting lines, and growing levels of security functions independent of IT.

Practicing professionals at all levels of the information security field are asked to ensure this research encompasses true global insight for their community and stakeholders by taking the 25-minute survey, while also encouraging colleagues to participate. The survey is open until mid-December, with results to be analysed by Frost & Sullivan and released as a free resource in April 2015.


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