Pace of technology 'overwhelms' security professionals

An international survey has found that information security professionals feel challenged by the proliferation of mobile devices, cloud computing and social networking in the workplace

Information security professionals feel overwhelmed by the rapid deployment of new technologies in the workplace, potentially putting government agencies, businesses and consumers at risk, says a new study released on Friday.

According to the 2011 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS), IT security personnel are challenged by the proliferation of mobile devices as well as the rise of cloud computing and social networking. Many of the professionals admitted that they needed more training to manage these technologies yet reported that such tools were already deployed without security in mind.

Conducted by Frost & Sullivan in the second half of 2010, the study surveyed over 10,400 IT security professionals from the public and private sectors. US-based respondents made up 61 percent of total respondents, while 22.5 percent were from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Respondents in Asia accounted for 16.5 percent of the sample pool.

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