Security execs fret over BYOD and social; Outgunned anyway

Seventy eight percent of security pros see bring your own device (BYOD) policies as a big security risk. The problem: Security pros are outgunned, according to a survey.

Security professionals are outgunned, stressed about bring your own device policies and looking for reinforcements and more people. Good luck with that.

Those takeaways sum up the Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) by ISC squared, a non-profit security professional group, in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and conducted by Frost & Sullivan. The survey is being released at the RSA conference this week. 

The study, based on 12,000 security pro respondents, highlighted the following:

  • 56 percent of security pros think their companies are short staffed;
  • Hacking is the top concern for 56 percent of security professionals;
  • Hactivism and cyber-terrorism are concerns for about the same number of executives;
  • 15 percent of companies have no idea how long it would take them to recover from an attack;
  • 78 percent of respondents see bring your own device (BYOD) policies as a big security risk;
  • 68 percent fret about social networking security;
  • And 63 percent see reputation damage as the biggest concern.