ESG & ISSA Research Report: The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2020

Learn about the experiences of today's cybersecurity professionals and how the industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the fourth annual collaborative research project from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).



ESG News: Cybersecurity Skills Crisis Worsens for Fourth Year in a Row, Impacting 70% of Organizations

ESG Analyst

As this and past reports clearly indicate, key constituents are not looking at the profession strategically. While we are making some fragmented progress, the same issues present themselves year after year, including a shortage of skills, under-trained employees, and the stress and strain caused by a career in the cybersecurity field. These disturbing trends should be of concern to corporate directors and business executives, particularly in light of the alarming findings this year that 67% of respondents believe that cyber-adversaries have a big advantage over cyber-defenders.”  —Jon Oltsik, Sr. Principal Analyst & ESG Fellow


The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cybersecurity

As the global impact of COVID-19 manifested itself in the US in the middle of March, ESG and ISSA decided to conduct an in-depth survey in April 2020 of 364 cybersecurity and IT professionals from the global ISSA member list for a point-in-time assessment of challenges posed by the pandemic. 




ESG Research Report: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Remote Work, 2020 IT Spending, and Future Tech Strategies

Based on a survey of 500 senior IT leaders and more than 1,000 full-time knowledge workers, this research report combines the perspective of those employees now working at home and the technology organizations tasked with enabling them to:

  • Assess the experiences of businesses and their employees during the transition to mass work from home.
  • Examine the impact of COVID-19 on enterprise IT strategies and investment priorities.
  • Uncover the longer-term impact of the global pandemic on enterprise tech and digital work.



ESG Blog: 10 Security Changes Post-COVID-19

Back in March, Jon Oltsik spoke with several CISOs about how COVID-19 was disrupting their cybersecurity programs and changing their priorities. A few weeks later, he connected with some CISO friends, and got an update on phase 2 of their pandemic journeys.

While no one knows when the coronavirus impact will end, we are getting a good perspective on what the new normal will look like and here are ten changes that he anticipates as a result.