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Good IT staff hard to find

A confluence of skills shortages, worsening threats and disproportionate spending habits is leaving organisations increasingly vulnerable to data breaches, malware, phishing and a variety of other information security problems, a study from Trustwave and Osterman Research shows.

Only 8% of IT security decision-makers and influencers surveyed believe 75% or more of their staff have the specialised skills and training needed to handle complex issues. Forty per cent of respondents say skill sets are weakest in emerging and evolving security threats.

Osterman Research President Michael Osterman said: “We are in a time where organisations are facing a serious shortage of IT security staff members, both in the number available to fill vacant positions, and in terms of specialised skill sets that these individuals need to have. Failure to source IT capabilities can lead to a range of problems, resulting in data breaches and compliance violations.”

He added: “Organisations need to ensure their IT departments establish a close relationship with senior management to find ways to solve these shortcomings, whether by finding the right individuals or through hiring managed security services providers that can help address the gaps and increase protections.”

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