From threats to executive demands to post-breach consequences, security practitioners face undeniable anguish and agitation tantamount to other professions that can be greeted at any time with an emergency incident. And the times when something urgent is not happening are not much calmer because security professionals are often overwrought with trying to ensure that every potential threat vector is sealed off – all while working with a diminishing pool of available in-house resources.
Indeed, the job hazards are unmistakable for those whose mission it is to identify, protect, detect and respond to digital harms. Studies have shown that high stress levels at work lead to less productive workers, and security professionals can ill-afford to disengage from their jobs. As always, our hope is that this report will enable organizations to better understand where their security programs are missing the mark, and more specifically where security professionals are being overwhelmed and where their needs are not being met.
Based on a survey of more than 1,400 IT security professionals from around the world, the 2016 Security Pressures Report lends valuable context to the struggles that practitioners face on a regular basis. Every year, the report evolves with the times by including additional options for some questions and even adding in new and timely questions that can help us best assess modern-day security pressures. At its conclusion, the report offers practical recommendations for alleviating the pressure.
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