Security skills in short supply as threat continues to grow

June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p8
Trade Publication
The article reports that only ten per cent of companies have staff with formal qualifications in information security, despite increasing exposure of information technology (IT) systems to security breaches. The survey, conducted by a consortium of businesses that was headed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, said that although some progress was being made in raising levels of security among companies, there was still considerable room for improvement. The study found that 74 per cent of all businesses experienced a security incident in the last year. Meanwhile, malicious incidents such as viruses and unauthorised access have risen dramatically, with 68 per cent of companies suffering at least one such incident in the last year, up form 44 per cent in 2002. Only 12 per cent of respondents were aware of the contents of the internationally recognised standard for information security, BS 7799.


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