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Tech Leaders Get More Serious About Security
CIO Survey: Multifactor Authentication Processes Most Popular Strategy to Safeguard Data

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CIOs are pulling out all the stops to combat IT security threats, according to new research from staffing firm Robert Half Technology. With cybersecurity attacks on the rise, more companies are taking advanced steps to protect their information today than they were three years ago. One defense strategy in particular is gaining popularity: Two-thirds (66 percent) of CIOs reported using multifactor authentication processes, such as tokens and biometrics. This is up 25 percentage points from a similar survey in 2015.

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What are the additional security tactics CIOs are taking? Sixty-three percent of tech leaders said they're enhancing employee training on IT security best practices and procedures; another 58 percent claim they're vetting firms that have access to their data more closely.

CIOs were asked, "Which, if any, of the following measures is your company currently taking, or planning to take within the next 12 months to enhance IT security?" Their responses:*




Currently taking or planning to take any of the following measures



Implementing multifactor authentication processes



Enhancing employee training on IT security measures



Enhancing the vetting of firms that have access to your data



Adding IT security personnel



Contracting with third-party vendors or adding tools to help enhance security



Currently taking or planning to take other measures



None of these



*Multiple responses permitted.

"Hackers are getting smarter and cyberattacks are growing in sophistication, so companies can't rely solely on their employee's knowledge of security best practices. More advanced precautions, like multifactor authentication, are becoming popular and effective solutions for safeguarding data," said Jeff Weber, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Having a strong IT security team in place can provide an even greater defense against attacks, but these professionals can be hard to find in today's job market. Employers must offer competitive salaries and act quickly when they come across a top candidate."  

Weber also noted that technology professionals who are interested in a career change should consider a transition to IT security, where experts are in short supply. "IT security is a growing and innovative field and employers are placing a premium on security talent. If you're interested in a career in security, make sure you're up to date on the latest certifications, tools and procedures. There is currently strong demand from organizations across industries and it will likely only continue to increase."

About the Research
The survey of more than 2,600 CIOs in 26 metropolitan areas in the United States was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm.

About Robert Half Technology
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2018 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.



SOURCE Robert Half Technology

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