Amid an exploding number of data breaches—costing organizations in revenue, fines and reputation—responsibility for securing those networks migrated significantly in 2016, according to a new report. In its 2017 Security Pressures Report, security compliance solutions provider Trustwave found that more individuals on the front lines are feeling pressure to secure their organizations than they have in the past. Overall, at all levels of organizations that responded to the survey, 53 percent said they felt more pressure in 2016 than they did the year before. Importantly, Trustwave said, the share of respondents citing that the increased pressure to ensure their network integrity came from themselves rose 13 percent. Those that said the pressure came from their board or C-level executives fell an identical 13 percent. Trustwave said the shift indicates a welcome change in perspective.
“Findings show that the pressures cybersecurity professionals face have become much more personal than in previous years, as executives recognize that pressure does not translate into better performance—instead it may lead to stress, burnout, and faults,” said Chris Schueler, senior vice president of Managed Security Services at Trustwave. “In an era where security talent is at a premium, organizations cannot afford to lose these skilled individuals. My advice to those facing these pressures head on is to no longer think of security as a siloed discipline. To build a successful security program, you must establish both internal and external allies.”
The study also found that 30 percent of respondents rank customer data theft as the most worrisome outcome of a cyberattack or data breach. Ransomware was named the top threat by 18 percent of those polled.
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