Feds Want to Hike Security, but Haven’t: Study

Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 05:05 PM gHale

The federal government’s efforts to bolster cyber security have seen little return on investment, a new study found.

Almost 50 percent of the 1,800 information security professionals surveyed in the U.S. said they believe their organization’s security over the last two years lack improvement and cited inadequate funding and scarcity of qualified professionals as among the reasons, ISC said in its report.

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The data suggests “a step back” in the federal government’s initiatives to further its security readiness and overall security posture, said Dan Waddell, director of government affairs for National Capital Region at ISC.

The study shows 58 percent of respondents anticipate little cyber security funding from legislators and only 15 percent of respondent organizations besides the federal government have so far enforced the National Institute of Standards and Technology cybersecurity framework.

More than 50 percent of respondents also observed longer times in how their organization responds to threats, with application vulnerabilities and malware being their top concern.

“On a positive note, we are starting to see an uptick in federal personnel salaries, with a 4 percent jump over salaries reported in 2013,” Waddell said.

ISC worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, Cyber 360 Solutions and NRI Secure Technologies for the seventh global information security workforce study.

Frost and Sullivan conducted the Web-based survey between October and December in 2014 to extract insights into information security trends and opportunities.

Click here to download the report.

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