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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.

  • 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.