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Organisations lack in-house cyber security staff, survey finds

Only 29 per cent of companies analysed in the UK and US employ a cyber security expert in their IT department, a survey has found.

Instead 23 per cent, outsource their cyber security to external companies to cover their insufficient knowledge, according to a survey by Spiceworks, a network for the information technology industry.

55 per cent of companies polled do not employ an internal expert or have regular access to an external expert, and 47 per cent have no plans to change this in the next 12 months.

This leaves them and their customer information more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Furthermore, 80 per cent of companies were reported to have had at least one security incident in 2015, according to a previous Spiceworks survey.

A contributing factor to this may be that 67 per cent of the 1,000 IT professionals polled had no qualification in security.

IT professionals working for big organisations were also asked if cyber security was being prioritised by business leaders.

54 per cent said that their senior tech and development leaders and CEOs were prioritising cyber security.

However, less than 50 per cent felt cyber security was a priority to their senior finance leaders, senior operations leaders of senior marketing leaders.

57 per cent of employers felt ‘somewhat’ open to spending on cyber security training, while 20 per cent were not open to spending on this at all, meaning if IT pros want the expertise they must complete the training in their own time and finance it themselves.

Only 18 per cent of the employers asked were very open to training and only six per cent had already chosen to invest in this, despite industry experts warnings to keep up to date with the constantly evolving nature of the cyber attacks.

Though the majority had no qualification in security qualifications, 84 per cent of those polled believed additional training and qualifications were extremely to very important.

Read the full report on the Spiceworks website.

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