ESG Research Report: The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2021 Volume V

Abstract:

In early 2021, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) conducted the fifth annual research project focused on the lives and experiences of cybersecurity professionals. This year’s report is based on data from a global survey of 489 cybersecurity professionals.

The cybersecurity skills gap discussion has been going on for over 10 years, and the data gathered for this project confirms that there has been no significant progress toward a solution to this problem during the five years it has been closely researched. The skills crisis has impacted over half (57%) of organizations. The top ramifications of the skills shortage include an increasing workload (62%), unfilled open job requisitions (38%), and high burnout among staff (38%). Further, 95% of respondents state the cybersecurity skills shortage and its associated impacts have not improved over the past few years while 44% say it has only gotten worse.

To download a complimentary copy of this report, please visit https://www.esg-global.com/esg-issa-research-report-2021.

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity skills shortage

ESG Research Report: The Path to Data Leadership

Abstract:

Data teams and developers continue to serve as the lynchpin to businesses, overcoming shortcomings associated with more rapidly and reliably gaining insight from growing data sets. With improving data analytics for real-time business intelligence (BI) and customer insight consistently ranking as one of the business priorities driving significant technology spending, how are organizations enabling more end-users to actually leverage data? Skills gaps, collaboration, and accessibility have created several barriers for democratizing analytics across organizations, and pressure is being placed on data and software teams to make business intelligence easier to leverage and consume. But with the dynamic nature of the business being what it is today and the constant shifting of priorities, timeliness of delivery and accessibility of simplified analytics are being scrutinized. Embedded analytics is increasingly becoming the answer.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Infographic: The Maturation of Cloud-native Security

Abstract:

Cloud-native applications now serve critical front-, middle-, and back-office business operations.

Find out how factors like container use, a diverse threat model, and shifts in approaches are affecting the market with this infographic. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Master Survey Results: The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2021

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of information security and IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada), Europe, Asia, Central/South America, and Africa between March 1, 2021 and April 7, 2021. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be information security and IT professionals from ISSA’s member list.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the lives and experiences of cybersecurity professionals, including performance assessments of their cybersecurity leaders, as well as suggestions for what organizations can do to help cybersecurity professionals succeed.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: AI Adoption Trends

Abstract:

While AI is still considered nascent, the impact it is having on organizations that are embracing it early and often is profound. This serves as a key component to why organizations continue placing bets on AI. Even as skills gaps remain when it comes to incorporating AI into the business, organizations simply cannot afford to wait in adopting the technology as they risk being disrupted by the competition using AI today. With the rise of AI tools that simplify and automate several, if not all aspects of the AI lifecycle, expect adoption of AI to continue exploding for years to come.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Gaining Value from AI

Abstract:

Organizations continue to prioritize AI investments with a goal of achieving a more data-centric future. While business objectives point to several areas where AI can help improve businesses both internally and externally, time to value continues to be scrutinized as organizations make massive investments in people, processes, and technology in support of AI initiatives. Opportunities to reduce time to value continue to pave the way for AI technology vendors that can help simplify the adoption and use of AI technology to support a growing number of use cases throughout the business.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Operationalizing AI: Time, Infrastructure Considerations, and Data Drift

Abstract:

Though the cyclical AI lifecycle is riddled with complexity, the last mile of AI is proving to be the greatest challenge for organizations in their quest to leverage AI. Between diverse and distributed application environments, the rate at which growing data sets change and create data drift, and the dynamic needs of the business, several contributing factors lead to organizations suffering from AI deployment challenges. Both new and mature businesses leveraging AI continue to prioritize opportunities to simplify the last mile of AI—deploying AI into production—with a goal of reducing the amount of time it takes to get from trained model to production. This has paved the way for the emergence of technology to better enable businesses to deploy, track, manage, and iterate on a growing number of ML models in production environments.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: The State of Data Lakes

Abstract:

As organizations strive to utilize more data, data lakes are increasingly becoming an attractive option with limitless potential. Data lakes enable organizations to unite disparate data silos and make data more accessible across the business by serving as a centralized repository or collection of data, regardless of shape, speed, or size. Organizations can then leverage a data lake to feed other data-centric tools or utilize tools that sit on top of a data lake to work with the data in-place, such as query optimization solutions that can minimize data movement while enabling improved processing and analysis. And the economic advantages cannot be understated as organizations increasingly leverage cost-effective cloud storage and minimize operating costs through the consolidation of infrastructures silos.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Master Survey Results: The Maturation of Cloud-native Security - Securing Modern Apps and Infrastructure

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT security professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) between December 7, 2020 and December 26, 2020. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT/information security professionals responsible for evaluating or purchasing cloud security technology products and services.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the current and future composition and environments of cloud-native apps and infrastructure, including the security problem space with respect to operational challenges and the threat landscape.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Infographic: The Evolution of Data Protection Cloud Strategies

Abstract:

Cloud-based data protection is the new norm according to recent ESG research, but many IT professionals are misinformed about the data protection levels SaaS solutions provide—leading to risk.
 
See the data behind these trends and more with this infographic.
 
Topics: Data Protection