New technology continues to be a problem for IT and security professionals.

Claiming that there is a clear skills gap in new technology, John Colley, managing director for EMEA of (ISC)2, said that there is a demand for education from new users on the pros and cons of evolving technologies. This has led to 49 per cent of users spending time reading up on how they work.

Earlier this year, an (ISC)2 survey found that technology developments such as mobile devices, the cloud, social networking and insecure applications are challenging information security executives.

Colley said that the 2010 research found that application vulnerabilities were the main concern of security professionals, followed by mobile devices, social networking use and cloud computing.

Asked what training was required, the survey found that information risk management was the main demand, with 47 per cent of respondents identifying this, while end-user awareness was selected by 42 per cent.

Colley said: “It is not a case of what the issues are now, it is what they will be in two years time and how to go about securing them. Location-based services could be the next security threat for example.

“A big challenge with the skills gap is that one cannot get a job in information security without prior experience yet you cannot get experience without a job. We need to get real and address the problem in the next few years. Get ahead of the curve instead of responding to the curve.”