According to a study by Trustwave, a survey of 1,414 IT security professionals worldwide found that they were a worried lot. Here are the biggest reasons why they are feeling the pressure.
The study says that the skills gap for security professionals has grown from the eight biggest problem for IT departments to the third biggest problem.
IT professionals feel the pressure to meet security expectations from the board of directors. 40 percent of respondents feel stressed just before or after a board meeting.
The survey states that 54 percent find the detection of vulnerabilities to be nerve wracking. But they do it because discovering backdoors and shutting them down before criminals get access saves more money than dealing with a security breach.
77 percent felt the pressure to release IT projects before they are ready. This intensifies the problem because most of the projects are not secure and have susceptibilities that could lead to an attack.
44 percent say that they are under pressure to adopt and deploy cloud technology, while 17 percent are feeling burdened by IoT.
29 percent want to quadruple their IT and security staff, 33 percent want a bigger budget and 20 percent need more security expertise.
A big fear is getting fired. In fact, the number of respondents who indicated fears of job security after an attack rose from 8 percent last year to 11 percent this year.