Cyber-Security Creates New Pressures for IT Pros

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2014-03-09
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    54% of IT pros felt more pressure to secure their organizations in 2013 compared with 2012, and 58% expect even greater pressure this year.

Seemingly overnight, cyber-security has evolved from an important enterprise function into a mission-critical issue that affects almost every aspect of business and information technology. Getting a handle on the current environment—including cyber-attacks, employee access, and choosing and using the right technology and tools—is heaping additional pressure on already overwhelmed IT departments. The "2014 Security Pressures Report," a new study of 800 IT professionals conducted by information security firm Trustwave, found that there's growing pressure to deal with security risks … yet many businesses either aren't responding adequately or have blinders on. For example, some organizations are continuing to roll out projects despite a known lack of security. In an era when cyber-criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and aggressive in exploiting weaknesses—and new attack vectors are emerging on what seems like a daily basis—business and IT leaders must re-examine their priorities and, in many cases, revamp their fundamental thinking and approach to security.

Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.

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