IT Security Teams Face Ramped-Up Pressures

By Tony Kontzer
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    63% of IT decision-makers surveyed said they're under pressure to secure the enterprise, up from 49% a year ago.

IT security may be one of the hottest sectors for IT-related jobs, but make no mistake: It's not work for the squeamish. IT security teams face a daunting gauntlet of growing cyber-threat fears, data-related security challenges and ramped-up pressure from corporate boardrooms, according to recent survey findings from Fortinet. The network security vendor polled more than 1,600 IT decision-makers—most from companies with more than 500 employees—and it discovered an environment that's struggling with rising tension. "With IT security on the boardroom agenda, this and other challenges are clearly adding weight onto the shoulders of senior IT professionals," said John Maddison, a vice president at Fortinet. "Organizations must act now to address the impact of the growing threat environment and the increased scrutiny on IT security." Interestingly, while respondents clearly are feeling strain from both inside and outside their organizations, they also appear to believe they have the tools necessary to adequately secure enterprise resources.

This article was originally published on 2014-11-07
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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