Cybersecurity Global Status Report 


ISACA conducted the 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report in January 2015 to obtain real-time insights on cybersecurity threats, skills gaps and plans outlined in US President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity address. The survey was conducted just one week before the US State of the Union address, which will cover a range of actions to reduce cyber threats and data privacy risks.

The global survey of more than 3,400 ISACA members in 129 countries found that 86% of respondents see a global cybersecurity skills gap—and 92% of those planning to hire more cybersecurity professionals this year say they expect to have difficulty finding a skilled candidate.

The survey also found that 83% of respondents say cyberattacks are among the top three threats facing organizations today, and only 38 percent say they are prepared to experience one. Cybersecurity is a global issue—and it’s everyone’s responsibility. ISACA takes very seriously our responsibility to help close the global skills gap and equip cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge and guidance they need. The association established Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) as our commitment to growing and advancing a skilled cybersecurity workforce through training, education and credentialing.

See below for insights from the survey, related graphics and blog posts, and expert insights on cybersecurity issues and threats. You are welcome to use these items for articles, blog posts and presentations as long as they are clearly sourced to ISACA and Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX).

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Cybersecurity and the US State of the Union: Expert Insights

 Robert Stroud
Robert Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC
International President of ISACA

"As the global community faces growing cybersecurity skills shortages and escalating cyberattacks, now is the time to take action. I applaud the Obama administration on making cybersecurity a high priority in 2015. ISACA agrees that it is absolutely essential that we develop and train a robust cybersecurity workforce—and that is why we launched the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) in 2014. We take very seriously our role in addressing the skills gap through credentials, training, guidance and mentoring programs under the CSX banner.”

 Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz, CISA, CISM
President of WhiteOps and chair of ISACA’s Cybersecurity Task Force

“It is critical that we begin to disrupt the cyber adversaries and their economic and political incentives. This disruption requires a concerted effort, and the government either can play a modern and effective leadership role or be a passive bystander commenting on the state of affairs.” View full statement

 Jo Stewart-Rattray
Chair of ISACA’s Professional Influence and Advocacy Committee and director of information security and IT assurance at BRM Holdich

“Whilst it is rare for a US President to make reference to an IT-related issue as part of the State of the Union address, it is not surprising, given the focus that the world has on cyberattacks. It is reasonable to assume that social unrest, and the cyber activities related to it, could be the new global pandemic.” View full statement

 Christos K. Dimitriadis
Christos K. Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC
Member of ISACA’s Strategic Advisory Council and group head of Information Security, Compliance and Innovation for INTRALOT GROUP

"Studies, including ISACA’s own 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report conducted in January 2015, indicate a huge shortage in cybersecurity professionals, lack of enterprise readiness to address cyberattacks and the financial impact reaching hundreds of billions dollars worldwide.” View full statement

 John P. Pironti
President of IP Architects, USA

"The barrier to entry for the cyber adversary has been lowering dramatically and quickly, while the population of trained and capable cybersecurity professionals is still far behind the numbers required to effectively counteract this threat. It is important to bring these two back into balance to ensure the impacts of the attackers’ activities can be minimized and controlled.” View full statement

 Marc Noble
Marc Noble, CISM, CGEIT
Cybersecurity Practices Manager, ISACA

"The business mantra of speed to market and convenience of use for products exacerbates the needs of securing both the networks and the applications that are placed on them. Unfortunately, speed to market often leads to a lack of diligence in meeting the need for security and privacy that customer expect.” View full statement