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74 per cent of security experts expect attack in 2016, report finds

Data security is growing in importance, according to a new study.

The report by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) reveals that, while security is a growing critical issue, only 14 per cent of security chiefs in companies report to the CEO.

Commenting on the statistics, Jennifer Lawinski, Editor-in-Chief of the RSA Conference, expressed concern that the “majority of CISOs still report to CIOs, which shows cybersecurity is viewed as a technical rather than business issue. This survey highlights the discrepancy to provide an opportunity for growth for the infosec community in the future".

Data from the report also show that 74 per cent of security experts also expect a cyberattack to happen over the course of 2016, with 30 per cent of those polled experiencing phishing attacks every day.

The study also identifies a worrying trend in the confidence levels security professionals have in their colleagues ability to detect and respond to cyberattacks, dropping from 87 per cent confidence to 75 per cent in 2015.

The number of those that felt they weren't qualified upon their hiring also rose, from 50 per cent to 59 per cent in a year, with 27 per cent of those polled saying they need at least six months to fully train up into the position, up three per cent from 2014.

On the findings, Ron Hale, Chief Knowledge Officer for ISACA, said: “The lack of confidence in current cybersecurity skill levels shows that conventional approaches to training are lacking. Hands-on, skills-based training is critical to closing the cybersecurity skills gap and effectively developing a strong cyber workforce."

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