Despite organizations employing more IT security personnel than ever before, it seems like the hackers just keep on winning. A new survey reveals that a third of companies do not believe that hiring additional information security employees increases their cyber security.
The survey, that we carried out at RSA Conference 2015, polled nearly 200 IT security professionals. It revealed that 67% of organizations now employ more infosec staff than they ever have in the past. However, 76% of respondents still believe that cyber attacks are evolving at too fast a pace for their IT security personnel to keep up with.
IT Security Staff and Cyber Threats
These survey results seem to show that it doesn’t matter how many people you have guarding your network. Persistent hackers will always find a way in.
Perhaps today’s companies need to stop thinking about whether or not they will be attacked and start considering what to do once they are attacked. An organization can significantly reduce the damage caused by a security breach by having a good response plan in place.
Other findings from the survey reveal that a staggering 85% of organizations think it’s a struggle to find really good IT security personnel who are capable at combating today’s cyber attacks. This skills gap could be putting a number of organizations at risk as it could make it easier for cyber criminals to gain access to companies’ networks.
It appears like the dramatic increase in data breaches over the last few years has led to a demand within organizations to employ skilled IT security staff. However, many companies have struggled to find staff who are advanced enough to defend against the type of sophisticated cyber attacks that are common today. And these organizations may not have a proper understanding of cyber threats, or have policies in place which prevent staff from carrying out tasks that put their company networks at risk.
For more information see http://www.liebsoft.com/2015-information-security-survey/.