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By Tim Wilson
Feb 23, 2011
Faced with an attack surface that seems to be growing at an overwhelming
rate, many security professionals are beginning to wonder whether their
jobs are too much for them, according to a study published last week.
Conducted by Frost & Sullivan, the 2011 (ISC)2 Global Information
Security Workforce Study (GISWS) says new threats stemming from mobile
devices, the cloud, social networking, and insecure applications have
led to "information security professionals being stretched thin, and
like a series of small leaks in a dam, the current overworked workforce
may be showing signs of strain."
"In the modern organization, end users are dictating IT priorities by
bringing technology to the enterprise rather than the other way around,"
said Robert Ayoub, global program director for network security at Frost
& Sullivan. "Pressure to secure too much and the resulting skills gap
are creating risk for organizations worldwide ... They are being asked
to do too much, with little time left to enhance their skills to meet
the latest security threats and business demands."
As of 2010, Frost & Sullivan estimates that there are 2.28 million
information security professionals worldwide. Demand for professionals
is expected to increase to nearly 4.2 million by 2015, with a compound
annual growth rate of 13.2 percent.
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