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CompTIA to address information security skills issues at FOSE 2007

The need for information security preparedness at all levels of organizations from the technicians in the server ro...


March 20, 2007  


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The need for information security preparedness at all levels of organizations from the technicians in the server room to the CEO in the corner officer will be addressed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) tomorrow at the FOSE 2007 conference in Washington, D.C.

Neill Hopkins, vice president, skills development for CompTIA, will deliver a presentation entitled Improve Your Organizational Security Posture — Essential Technology and Workforce Considerations. He will be joined by Susan Farago, a senior executive with Tivoli Software Group, a division of IBM Corp.

“A sophisticated security infrastructure has emerged over the last several years to counter the proliferation of threats to networks, information and data,” Hopkins said.

“Many seem to believe that a fully automated solution is able to turn back all attacks, but reliance on technology alone has lulled many into a sense of complacency about information security.

“This complacency is keeping many organizations from addressing the single biggest threat to their information security and technology infrastructure — the person behind the PC.”

Research conducted by CompTIA for the past four years has shown that human error is most often responsible for information security breaches.

In 2006, human error was responsible for nearly 60% of information security breaches experienced by organizations, a significant increase from the prior year.

Despite the prominent role that human behavior plays, only 29% of organizations required security training for IT staff and just 36% offered end-user security awareness training.