Are you confident in your security posture?

Results of new research released this week by Wisegate finds more than half of organizations give themselves a strong security posture grade. How would you rank yours?

Results of new research released this week by Wisegate, a private, practitioner-based IT research service for senior technology professionals, finds more than half of organizations give themselves a strong security posture grade.

In its first annual IT Security Benchmark Report, the firm surveyed over 100 North American senior-level security practitioners representing 22 major industry segments.

Among the highlights:

-56 percent of participants gave their company a strong security posture grade.

-Companies with stronger security postures have 1.5 times more processes, policies, software and systems than companies with weaker security postures.

-Companies with weaker security postures report 41 percent less management engagement and 24 percent less CIO engagement than companies with stronger security postures.

-As a percentage of IT budget, Banking & Financial Services spends the highest and Government spends the lowest on security at 10 percent and 2 percent respectively. 

-Companies with less than 1,000 employees spend 2.5 times more of the IT budget on security than companies with 20,000 or more employees.

-One-third of respondents are not satisfied with their current job.

-71 percent of respondents say their job is stressful.

The full report is available to Wisegate members only, but a portion of the report’s key findings are available for the broader information security community by visiting http://www.wisegateit.com/resources/downloads-security-benchmark-report.

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