IT Professionals Step Up Security Protection

By Gina Roos

With eight in 10 organizations experiencing IT security incidents in 2015, IT professionals are becoming more proactive about preventing them, according to a new Spiceworks survey of nearly 200 IT pros. By implementing measures ranging from educating employees about risks to investing in more security solutions, a little more than seven in 10 survey respondents expect their organizations to be more secure in 2016. The study, "Battling the Big Hack," also reveals that IT pros are gearing up for external security threats next year. However, the survey reveals a disconnect between what they perceive as their biggest IT security threats versus the actual threats. For example, little more than half said ransomware is a top concern in 2016, but only one-fifth of organizations experienced a ransomware incident this year. To combat these threats, IT teams are investing in sophisticated security solutions, such as those for battling advanced persistent threats. Here are survey takeaways that point to revenue opportunities for the channel.

This article was originally published on 2015-12-31
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.