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August 2018, Vol. 20, No. 4

Not enough information security analysts, despite higher wages

Results from the ISACA global State of Cybersecurity survey, conducted in October 2017, indicated few signs of the effects of security automation on the security workforce, a strategy that some companies are employing to lessen the burden on information security analysts. Almost 60% of the enterprises surveyed had open security positions. In this year's survey, the workforce shortage was primarily attributed to lack of skills, rather than budgetary constraints: 64% of the 2,366 security professionals surveyed expected their security budgets to increase in 2018. The majority, or 97%, were members of ISACA, an international nonprofit for IT governance professionals, formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. The ISACA "State of Cybersecurity 2018" report found that staffing demands were greatest at the individual level -- technicians such as security engineers and information security analysts -- rather than at the security management or executive level. The report noted that investment in security ...

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