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.