Tech Professional Get More Serious About Security

Corporate Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are pulling out all the stops to combat IT security threats, according to new research from staffing firm Robert Half Technology. This could provide a career boost for interested IT professionals.

Cybersecurity Attacks on the Rise

With cybersecurity attacks on the rise, more companies are taking advanced steps to protect their information today than they were three years ago.

One defense strategy in particular is gaining popularity: Two-thirds (66 percent) of CIOs reported using multifactor authentication processes, such as tokens and biometrics. This is up 25 percentage points from a similar survey in 2015.

What are the additional security tactics CIOs are taking? Sixty-three percent of tech leaders said they’re enhancing employee training on IT security best practices and procedures; another 58 percent claim they’re vetting firms that have access to their data more closely.

“Hackers are getting smarter and cyberattacks are growing in sophistication, so companies can’t rely solely on their employee’s knowledge of security best practices. More advanced precautions, like multifactor authentication, are becoming popular and effective solutions for safeguarding data,” said Jeff Weber, executive director of Robert Half Technology.

“Having a strong IT security team in place can provide an even greater defense against attacks, but these professionals can be hard to find in today’s job market. Employers must offer competitive salaries and act quickly when they come across a top candidate,” Weber said.

Weber also noted that technology professionals who are interested in a career change should consider a transition to IT security, where experts are in short supply.

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