Under pressure: the stiff demands of fighting cyber-crime

Industry pressure on cyber-security professionals has increased and will continue to increase, according to the 2015 Security Pressures Report released by Trustwave this week. As demand grows for businesses to secure their systems, the strain is felt most acutely by IT staffers. According to the report, pressure from C-level executives to protect organisational data, limited staff and financial resources, as well as increased complex security threats and IT projects to mitigate them, all contribute to the mounting demands that IT security professionals are facing.

Surveying more than one thousand industry professionals, the study revealed that over half believe these types of pressures will only increase in 2015, especially within larger enterprises. Respondents also identified business owners and C-level executives as the primary sources of pressure, whose insistence on implementing new IT projects often leads to premature release and therefore the risk of faulty systems.

“The pressures IT professionals face are growing: cyber-criminals are increasingly crafty, new attack vectors are emerging, budgets are tight, skills are at a premium, security policies are either incomplete or disregarded, and many security solutions are proving too complex to manage or too basic to be useful against a professional adversary,” Christina Richmond, programme director, security services at IDC, wrote in an email to SCMagazineUK.com. “These pressures are driving businesses to increasingly look to partner with managed security services providers who can help control complexities related to security technologies as well as mitigate and respond to advanced security threats.”