Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (12 February 2015)—In advance of attending the White House Cybersecurity Summit on Friday, where President Barack Obama and other senior leaders in government, financial, tech and cybersecurity will discuss ways to effectively respond to the growing threat of cyberattacks, ISACA CEO Matt Loeb shares insights and survey results.
ISACA, a global association of 115,000 cybersecurity, audit and governance professionals, recently conducted a cybersecurity survey of more than 3,400 of its members. According to the 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report, conducted in January:
- 92% of those hiring cybersecurity professionals this year say it will be difficult to find skilled candidates.
- 36% of respondents say they are more concerned about a cyberattack than a terrorist attack or act of war.
- 53% of organizations plan to increase cybersecurity training for staff in 2015; only 9% say they do enough security training already.
- 76% agree or strongly agree with President Obama’s proposal requiring companies to notify consumers of a data breach within 30 days.
“ISACA encourages government and industry collaboration to advance cybersecurity, and we are pleased to be a part of the conversation at Friday’s summit. A critical priority in our approach must be developing a workforce trained to prevent, detect and respond to today’s sophisticated attacks,” said Loeb. “ISACA is helping to address the global cybersecurity skills gap through our Cybersecurity Nexus, which offers training, education and credentialing for cybersecurity professionals at every level of their careers, and for those seeking to enter the field.”
Solving the skills gap is a challenge. According to ISACA’s survey, more than half of the enterprises surveyed said it is difficult to identify new graduates who have adequate skills and knowledge for beginning cybersecurity jobs.
“ISACA supports outreach and training starting with the high school and university levels,” said Loeb. “We recently introduced the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate to help students, recent graduates and career-changers demonstrate a foundational level of cybersecurity knowledge.”
ISACA also sees benefits in information sharing.
“The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) announced this week can help monitor threats, as well as collaborate and coordinate prevention, detection and response,” said Loeb. “Cyber criminals are already prolific information sharers. We need to improve in that area to get and stay ahead.”
For additional information on ISACA’s Global Cybersecurity Status Report, visit www.isaca.org/cybersecurityreport. For more information on CSX, visit www.isaca.org/cyber.
A global association of 140,000 professionals in 180 countries, ISACA (www.isaca.org) helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.
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