How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected enterprise IT security organizations around the world? And how are they rethinking their priorities and investments as a result? Find answers and insights inside CyberEdge Group’s Impact of COVID-19 on Enterprise IT Security Teams Report, sponsored by (ISC)².
This comprehensive survey of 600 cybersecurity professionals representing 7 countries and 19 industries reveals an in-depth study of how COVID-19 has altered enterprises and how they are responding.
The research shows:
A 114% increase in remote workers during the pandemic
67% of responding organizations are experiencing IT security staffing challenges
75% claim COVID-19 has increased their preference for cloud-based security solutions
66% now have a BYOD policy in place, up from 41.5% pre-pandemic
Clearly, networks and remote access infrastructure are under pressure. New threats have emerged targeting videoconferencing, collaboration tools and cloud-based applications, as well as pandemic-related anxieties. Meanwhile, many IT security teams are forced to do more with the same or fewer resources.
Yet here’s a silver lining: Enterprises are not cutting back on IT security training and certification budgets. In fact, those budget allocations are anticipated to rise next year by an average of 6% globally.
And views on the importance of professional IT security certification are particularly noteworthy. Nearly 4 out of 5 IT security professionals (78%) agree that their professional certification has better equipped them to meet the challenges of COVID-19.
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