Experienced employees more important than a rising security budget

Tripwire announced the results of a survey of 167 attendees at Black Hat USA 2013.

Many of those surveyed – 44 percent – said that if they could change one thing in their organization to improve security, they would increase the number of highly skilled security people on staff.

Thirty-two percent would increase their security budget, and 24 percent wished to have their board and/or key executives buy-in to security goals and objectives.

The desire for information security experts has increased significantly over the last five years. According to a recent report from Burning Glass Technologies, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has grown 3.5 times faster than other IT jobs.

Organizations may witness stagnant security if these roles are not filled, even as budgets increase to combat the latest threats and executives become more aware of security necessities.

“More than ever, business leaders are aware of IT security’s important role in keeping companies and organizations protected in today’s high-risk security climate, and that is creating unprecedented emand for skilled security expertsd,” said John Pierce, vice president of information systems. “I expect we would likely see the same emphasis on hiring additional experts if we conducted this survey again at Black Hat in 2014.”

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