Security Execs: Under Pressure and Under Prepared
A survey of corporate security executives say they're not prepared to prevent inadvertent loss of data or social engineering attacks. And most say their job is more difficult than it was last year.
Nearly 100 percent of CSOs say they are well prepared to handle spam, malware, denial-of-service attacks, and hacker attacks, according to a survey by CSO Interchange at a conference held last week in Chicago for chief security officers. However, the same survey also shows that 88 percent say their organizations are least prepared to handle inadvertent loss of data, social engineering and inappropriate use.
On top of that, another 75 percent report that their jobs have become more difficult or substantially more difficult than they were last year.
''The role of the CSO continues to become more complex,'' says Philippe Courtot, co-founder of CSO Interchange and CEO of Qualys. ''CSOs now have responsibility for internal and external threats, compliance with regulatory mandates, and attention to bottom line business performance... ''Through the open environment provided at CSO Interchange, we have learned CSOs are still looking for support for policies, procedures and technologies to lockdown their networks and secure data.''