More IT professionals in Australia and New Zealand are anticipating being hit by a cyber-security attack this year than their peers around the world, new figures from peak security body ISACA have revealed.
In its 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report survey of more 3439 members across 129 countries, ISACA found that 61 percent of ANZ respondents said that they were expecting to be hit with an attack this year.
That’s well above the 46 percent of global respondents that said they were expecting an attack, but the figures are even more concerning because just 43 percent of ANZ IT professionals said they were prepared to deal with such an attack.
Much of the shortfall is due to a lack of qualified IT security experts, ISACA found, with 31 percent of ANZ respondents planning to hire cybersecurity professionals this year but only 5 percent of respondents indicating that it would be easy to find suitable candidates.
Some 85 percent agreed that there is a shortage of such skilled professionals, while 53 percent said it was difficult to evaluate potential candidates’ levels of skills and knowledge.