Trends in Information Security: A CompTIA Analysis of IT Security and the Workforce
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Overview: As global trends of workforce mobility and decentralization put a greater strain on IT security infrastructure, it is becoming increasingly more complex for corporate IT departments to safeguard information. More than ever before, firms are using diverse devices to exchange information faster and over longer distances, and the growing use of technologies supporting this trend - such as handheld devices or voice over IP – gives rise to new risks. As a result, corporate IT departments must constantly seek solutions to stay ahead of potential issues arising from these emerging trends.
Even though companies put large stock in security-related technologies, human error continues to play a significant role in unwelcome breaches. Often to blame is the failure of staff to follow security procedures, but more and more the lack of IT security knowledge is also responsible. Such a trend points to a growing need for enhanced IT security training which in turn can increase awareness among staff and bolster their ability to proactively identify potential security risks and to quickly respond to real issues.
The results of this study are based on data collected in January and February 2008 from more than 2,000 IT professionals, including over 1,000 in the US, over 100 in Canada, over 400 in the UK and nearly 400 in China. Study respondents include both CompTIA members and non-members representing a wide range of industries including Education, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare, and IT.