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87% see Cybersecurity skills shortage in India, says ISACA Survey

India Blooms News Service | | 22 Jan 2015, 11:44 pm
New Delhi, Jan 22 (IBNS) In advance of US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, which aims to boost ties in cyber security between the two countries, ISACA has released the results of its 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report.

The India findings of the report reveal that close to one-third (30 percent) of the respondents expect their organization to face a cyberattack in 2015 (compared to 46 percent globally) and a whopping 92 percent believe cyberattacks are one of the top three threats facing organizations today.

Yet an alarming 87 percent say there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the country, and only 41 percent feel prepared to fend off a sophisticated attack.

“ISACA supports increased discussion and activity to address escalating high-profile cyberattacks on organizations worldwide,” said Robert E Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, international president of ISACA and vice president of strategy and innovation at CA Technologies.

He said,“As Washington and other government leaders call for action, we hope they take a clear and straight-forward approach, working in close coordination with industry. Cybersecurity is everyone’s business, and creating a workforce trained to prevent and respond to today’s sophisticated attacks is a critical priority.”

The 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report survey was conducted from January 13-15, a week before US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, which discussed a range of actions to reduce cyber threats and data privacy risks.

The report is based on online polling of 3,439 ISACA members in 129 countries, including 167 members from India. The survey has +/- 1.7 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level.

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