IT Security Staffing Ratios 2017

August, 2017


IT security staffing has risen again this year in the wake of a continuing onslaught of high-profile ransomware attacks. For many IT organizations, this means it may be time to reassess the adequacy of their IT security staffing levels. In this report, we present data about the five-year trend in IT security staffing and provide four benchmarks: IT security staff members as a percentage of the IT staff, IT security specialists as a percentage of the Network and Communications Group, applications per IT security specialist, and network devices per IT security staff member. We also assess the influence of organization size and sector on staffing requirements. (22 pp., 10 fig.)
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