Study Shows Demand for Training in Information Security

(ISC)2 has announced the results of its fourth Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS). Conducted for (ISC)2 by Frost & Sullivan, a total of 7,548 professionals were surveyed — the largest sampling to date — from North and Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC). Following are some highlights and key demographic data that provide a snapshot of today’s information profession and where it is headed.

One of the most prominent results of the 2008 GISWS is that 70 percent of all respondents reported their own employees are the biggest threat to their organizations’ security. This statistic amplifies the findings of other studies that, contrary to mainstream opinion that effective security involves a series of technology quick fixes to protect your organization from danger “out there,” it’s an organization’s own employees who are both the weakest link and the strongest asset in securing the environment.

Eight-four percent of the security professionals who responded to the survey noted that preventing damage to their organizations’ reputation was the top priority for their security programs, an understandable sentiment considering the plethora of news coverage of security breaches in recent years. Coming in second and third, respectively, were preventing customer privacy violations and customer identity theft and fraud, in many ways reinforcing the first priority. All three priorities show a world that has changed from asking where the return-on-investment is in security to seeing it as essential to running an organization.

A new trend that emerged from the…


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