As of 2010, Frost & Sullivan estimates that there are 2.28 million information security professionals worldwide. This figure is expected to increase to nearly 4.2 million by 2015.
IT security still suffers from a major skills gap and still resists new trends in technology that have already won the hearts and minds of business users, such as social media and cloud computing, according to the analysts at Frost & Sullivan and security professional group (ISC)2. The organizations recently conducted a broad survey on the state of the security workforce. "The information security profession could be on a dangerous course, where information security professionals are engulfed in their current job duties and responsibilities, leaving them ill-prepared for the major changes ahead, and potentially endangering the organizations they secure," wrote Rob Ayoub, author of the survey report. At the same time, the firm says that management support and end-user training is improving at most organizations and security's strong spending trends will continue on in the next year. Here's a look at the state of the IT security workforce.
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