Many information security professionals are looking for help with security and may very well partner with managed security service providers (MSSPs) this year. That's according to a new report from Trustwave. Here are the details.

Dan Kobialka, Contributing writer

March 13, 2015

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Josh Shaul Trustwave39s vice president of product management
Josh Shaul, Trustwave's vice president of product management

Many information security professionals are looking for help with security and may very well partner with managed security service providers (MSSPs) this year. That’s according to a new report from Trustwave. Here are the details.

The 2015 Security Pressures Report revealed that most businesses expect the pressure to secure their organizations against cyber threats will increase in 2015. Also, 78 percent of information security professionals said they are likely or plan to partner with an MSSP to protect their organizations.

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Other report results included the following:

  • 84 percent of respondents said they wanted the size of their IT security team increased; 54 percent wanted the size doubled, and 30 percent wanted it quadrupled.

  • 77 percent said they had been pressured to unveil IT projects that were not security-ready.

  • 70 percent said they believed they were safe against cyber attacks and data breaches.

  • 62 percent were most pressured by external threats versus internal threats, and 47 percent were most pressured to use or deploy cloud solutions.

  • 57 percent expect to experience more pressure to secure their organization in 2015.

So how can businesses overcome information security pressures? Josh Shaul, Trustwave’s vice president of product management, noted that both enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can work with MSSPs to fill information security manpower and expertise gaps.

“Enterprises can augment their in-house staff by partnering with a third-party team of security experts whose sole responsibility is to focus on protecting their information so that the in-house IT team can focus on other revenue-generating priorities,” Shaul told MSPmentor. “SMBs, many of which lack the manpower and expertise in-house to protect their data, can outsource their security needs to a third-party security partner so that their in-house ‘Jack of all trades’ can focus on other projects.”

Trustwave surveyed 1,016 full-time IT managers, directors, chief information officers (CIOs), chief information security officers (CISOs) and other decision-making IT and security professionals in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. The survey was conducted between Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015.

Full report results are available for download here.

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About the Author(s)

Dan Kobialka

Contributing writer, Penton Technology

Dan Kobialka is a contributing writer for MSPmentor and Talkin' Cloud. In the past, he has produced content for numerous print and online publications, including the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald and Patch.com. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University). In his free time, Kobialka enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football (Go Patriots!).  

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