ISACA Special Report: State of Cybersecurity 2018

ISACA recently released the fourth annual ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2018 Report. The research details the worldwide cybersecurity skills gap with an alarming 59 percent of information security professionals reporting unfilled cyber/information security positions within their organizations, and more than half taking at least three months to fill.

While cybersecurity budgets are still increasing, the qualified talent to fill positions is still lagging behind. Other key findings and trends from the research that might peak your interest are:

  • Four in five (81%) security professionals indicated that their enterprises are likely or very likely to experience a cyberattack this year, while 50% of respondents indicate that their organization has already experienced an increase in attacks over the past year.
  • Men tend to think women have equal career advancement in security, while women say that’s not the case. A 31-point perception gap exists between male and female respondents, with 82% of male respondents saying men and women are offered the same opportunities for career advancement in cybersecurity, compared to just 51% of female respondents. Of those surveyed, about half (51%) of respondents report having diversity programs in place to support women cybersecurity professionals.
  • Cybersecurity budgets are still increasing. 64% of respondents indicate that security budgets will increase this year, compared to 50% last year.

Part 1 of the report provides key insights into the current trends in the threat landscape, skills challenges, gender disparity, confidence in preparedness and budgets.

The full release, along with a report and infographic can be found here.

Source:  ISACA

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