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Employee misconduct top security threat in 2009
Category : General 11 Mar 2010 09:42 AM | Industry News
With federal IT security breaches on the rise, policy makers, federal oversight organizations, industry think tanks and academia are providing updates on the worst threats faced by government IT infrastructures.
According to the firm, tighter budgets, a greater concern over internal security breaches due to lower employee morale and complacency after a decrease in overall attacks over the past year may expose global financial institutions to an increased risk of data breaches in 2009.
Globally, more than half of the professionals surveyed, 52.8 percent, (51.4 percent in A-P) received salary increases in 2009. Less than 11 percent (9.8 percent A-P) of respondents saw their salaries and/or benefits cut, while 4.8 percent (3.5 percent A-P) were laid off by their employers. Of the 800-plus respondents who identified themselves as having hiring responsibilities, more than half, 53.3 percent (68.4 percent in A-P) said they were looking to hire permanent and/or contract employees in 2010. Of those hiring, 40 percent (53.4 percent in A-P) said they will be hiring three or more information security professionals this year. These results indicate that the A-P region has the most promising hiring outlook for 2010 compared to the Americas and EMEA regions.
Over 85 percent of hiring managers both globally and in A-P said their biggest hiring challenges were finding candidates with the right skills and the right level of experience. The hiring managers surveyed in A-P said that they were looking for candidates with specific skills in these top five categories: information risk management; security management practices; auditing; security architecture and models and telecommunications and network security.
"The results from our latest Career Impact Survey show that in a very difficult economic environment, organizations are placing an even higher value on the work that information security professionals do, especially in Asia-Pacific economies," said W. Hord Tipton, CISSP-ISSEP, CAP, CISA, executive director for (ISC)2.
Other highlights from the survey include:
  • About 54% of respondents expect no personnel reductions or layoffs in 2010, while 20% expect layoffs. This compared to 40% of respondents who expected layoffs in the 2009 survey.
  • In the U.S., 34.2% of respondents believe the economic downturn is causing an increased security risk within their organization. Outside attacks from hackers was identified as the most common threat, followed by employee misconduct.
  • Globally, 55.5% said the economic downturn had decreased their security technology purchases in 2009.