Across multiple surveys, firms involved in military, federal government and aerospace/defense had the largest information security staff as a percentage of total workers, while retailing/wholesaling had the lowest.
Information Shield, a leading developer of information security policy and compliance content, recently announced the results of the 2011 Information Security Staffing Survey. The 2011 survey had respondents from 190 different organizations with headquarters in 34 different countries.
Although the numbers vary considerably by industry, information security staff now makes up roughly one out of every 200 employees. Average staffing levels jumped 880 percent since the previous survey, conducted in 1997. The rapid rise in staffing was driven primarily by compliance and market pressures.
The 2011 Information Security and Data Privacy Staffing Survey measured responses to a variety of questions concerning the staffing levels and characteristics of the information security function. The survey was designed to allow organizations to construct meaningful budget and staffing estimates based on both their industry and organization size.
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