Why Aren’t Security Programs as Good as IT Thinks?

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Operations teams are frustrated and stressed due to “a façade of program maturity,” as each level of security is buffering the level above from many stress-related issues in an effort to appear more efficient, according to a new study. This results in an “overinflated opinion of program security program maturity,” said the authors of “A Day in the Life of a Cybersecurity Pro,” a study commissioned by Bay Dynamics. To understand what management and personnel working in cyber-security, fraud, risk and compliance do to support operations, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) surveyed 400 North American respondents. Surprisingly, lack of budget was only a minor frustration. Rather, a dearth of people was a top concern, but the report said that is a symptom of a much larger security problem. The respondents range from vice presidents to C-level executives to the frontline operations staff. Fifty-three percent work in very large enterprises (VLEs), 19 percent in enterprises, and 27 percent in the midmarket. They represent banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and wholesale infrastructure, professional services and the federal government.