IT Staff Pressured to Buy Useless Cybersecurity Products. A recent study found that IT managers feel pressured to purchase new cybersecurity products even if they don’t have the skills to implement the technology properly. One change that seems to be affecting pressure in various ways for IT pros is more involvement from the board. There’s much more pressure at the board level on IT security professionals than there ever has been in the past. Cybersecurity has clearly shifted from being what was formerly considered an IT issue to now a board level business issue. The report supports this conclusion in that 40% of respondents claimed to feel as much pressure before and after a board meeting as they do during a breach. Potentially related to the increased pressure from and involvement of the board in IT decisions was the finding that 74% of respondents face pressure to purchase cybersecurity products containing the latest features, despite 31% saying they lack “the adequate resources to properly adopt, deploy and use those products.”

The 2016 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave Managed Security ServicesTrustwave commissioned a third-party research firm to survey 1,414 full-time information technology (IT) professionals who are security decision makers or security influencers within their organizations. The objective of the survey was to measure the variety of pressures they face regarding information security. Respondents consisted mainly of chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs/CSOs), IT/IT security directors and IT/IT security managers: 1,414 worldwide, which included 604 in the United States, 210 in Canada, 204 in the United Kingdom, 202 in Australia and 194 in Singapore. Respondents work in a variety of sectors, with the most frequent being technology (31%), manufacturing (10%), financial services/banking (9%), and retail and professional services (both 8%). The survey was deployed through emails sent between November and December 2015. Survey results have a margin of error of +/- 3%.

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The 2016 Security Pressures Report from TrustwaveThe 2016 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave covers your biggest pain points. 2016 Security Pressures Report. Looking to better understand and convey the security pressures you are under? Look no further than the 2016 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave. The 24-page report, based on a survey of 1,414 security professionals worldwide, examines every key area of strain you face. Cybersecurity experts believe that the Trustwave finding that IT is being pressured to buy the latest technology-based solutions is driven by the fact that many board members may not fully understand all of the issues involved in events like data breaches.

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