Study: C-suite putting more pressure on infosec staff

A new survey of IT decision makers reveals the drawback of high-level executive awareness of security issues.

As high-level executives become more aware of information security issues and vulnerabilities, they are pressuring their IT departments to secure their organisations now. This is the headline finding from a recent global survey of IT decision makers, which was carried out by Fortinet and Lightspeed GMI.

With headlines constantly full of high-profile data breaches and large scale threats, this may come as no surprise and yet, getting the green light to ramp up security comes with its own set of challenges, the survey reveals. 

The combination of boardroom pressure and constantly evolving complex threats is taking its toll, according to 88 percent of the IT decision makers.

And as the job gets more demanding, the scope of what can be done narrows. More than half of survey respondents said that they have “paused or abandoned” new security initiatives, concerned that they wouldn't be able to “manage the risk.” Facing a sudden and tremendous increase in pressure could even stall IT innovation “in the face of security concerns,” the study indicates, with emerging trends like mobile, cloud and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) some of the initiatives forced to take a back seat.

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