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IT Security Staffing Catching Up with Existential Threats
After years of remaining flat in the face of mounting security threats, IT security head count has finally risen as a percentage of the total IT staff. Until 2020, despite a growing array of threats and rising IT security budgets, IT organizations had not been increasing the size of their security teams and instead focused on technology to fight the problem. This Research Byte looks at the factors behind these trends.
QA Staffing and the Changing Nature of Software Development
IT quality assurance has always been a small but vital role in IT organizations. However, the role of quality assurance as a discrete job position is in a state of flux. The changing nature of software development is a big influence in QA staffing. This Research Byte examines the reasons for the trend and provides a summary of our full report on IT quality assurance staffing ratios.
In a Year Where Security Is Paramount, Many Drop the Ball
Computer Economics, a division of Avasant Research has released its major annual study on 34 IT management best practices, and one important category of practices–IT security and risk management–is showing mixed results. This is a bad sign in 2020, considering the changing threat landscape and the ramifications of the pandemic. This Research Byte highlights our findings on IT security best practices, along with an overview of the contents of the full study. The full study analyzes the growth and maturity of all 34 best practices, which are grouped into five major categories: IT governance, IT financial management, IT operational management, IT security and risk management, and application development.
IT Budgets Show K-Shaped Recovery
A new special survey by Computer Economics in August through September, 2020 shows a K-shaped recovery from the pandemic has begun. Nearly an equal number of companies have increased their IT budgets in response to the pandemic as those that decreased them, with slightly more actually increasing them. This research byte is a summary of the full report Revisiting the Impact of COVID-19 on IT Organizations in 2020.