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Introducing the 2016 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave

Routine is not in the vocabulary of an IT security professional. Each and every day, you are greeted with a new challenge. One day, it might be defending against a zero-day exploit on the loose or removing a known vulnerability. On another day, it's preparing a presentation for the board or documenting security controls. The next day it could be amending firewall rules or responding to an employee who succumbed to a social engineering attack.

You get the idea. There is often no rhyme or reason to the job of the security practitioner. When you aren't putting out a fire, you are mired in an operational responsibility that keeps you glued to your desk well beyond quitting time. Workload-related stress is not uncommon in the security industry.

The 2016 Security Pressures Report from Trustwave, based on a survey of 1,414 security professionals worldwide, is our third-annual endeavor into understanding exactly what is exerting pressure on you. Most people know cybercrime is on the rise, but how are the people in the trenches feeling? This report will lend insight to all of the various pain points and allow you to use the most up-to-date data to spread important messages to your organization, as well as extract key ways to overcome the challenges and feel more optimistic. At the very least, you can use the report to take solace that your peers are feeling similarly. As the saying goes, misery loves company.

Download the report to discover: 

  • How have overall security pressures changed year over year? 
  • Do security pros feel they have enough skills and personnel?
  • How many security pros have experienced a data breach?
  • How much pressure do owners or the board place on security pros?
  • Are security pros more concerned with prevention or detection? More flummoxed by external or internal threats
  • How big of a concern is the cloud, IoT and BYOD?


Dan Kaplan is manager of online content at Trustwave and former IT security reporter and editor.