Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Training in Information Security Needed to Improve Security Landscape

According to a November 2010 CompTIA report, more companies rate information security as a high priority in 2010 than did in 2008, and the number is expected to keep rising. The new report shows that, in 2008, 35% of organizations named information security a high priority. In 2010, that number was 49%, and it is projected to be 62% in 2012.

While many organizations rate security as a top concern, many of those organizations also struggle keeping up with the new threats and vulnerabilities that, in many cases, are more severe than they used to be. According to CompTIA, those new vulnerabilities include social media attacks, cloud computing security, phishing, and security in mobile environments.

As companies and organizations grapple with the challenge of keeping their systems secure, they are “updating security policies, investing in better technology and expanding training,” CompTIA says. Respondents in the CompTIA study say the “security landscape is improving due to better technology (55 percent), improving IT staff expertise (41 percent), improving security policies and procedures (36 percent) and better end user training (33 percent).”

As you see, a large part of the information security battle deals with training IT workers to prevent and combat security breaches. Understanding the security procedures to set in place for an organization helps prevent many of the attacks to the organization’s systems. Training and education also prepare IT workers to respond to attacks as quickly and harmlessly as possible.

TestOut offers training in information security that will bring every IT professional up to speed on the most current information security topics and procedures. LabSim training courses cover Security+ from CompTIA, SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) and CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) from (ISC)2 , offering IT students and professionals the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to meet the demand for trained information security workers.

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