ISC(2) is releasing its sixth Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) today, providing insight into the current state of the IT security work force.
The topline result from the study is that most IT security professionals believe their organizations are understaffed. Worse, the situation is stressing out and straining the IT security workforce.
Seventy-one percent of the current IT security workforce “is really feeling the strain,” Hord Tipton, executive director of ISC(2) told eSecurityPlanet. “I fear it’s placing many organizations in danger.”
It’s a fear backed up by survey data, with 52 percent of respondents noting that staffing shortages are having a direct impact on data breaches. Even C-level executives are aware of the issue. Nearly two-thirds of surveyed C-level execs admitted they have a security staff shortage.