IT professionals see many steps that could be taken to improve their company’s security, according to the latest research report from CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the technology industry.

Just over half of the 500 security professionals surveyed for the Practices of Security Professionals study say their company has altered its security approach based on changes in IT operations; such as relying on more cloud-based solutions or making wider use of mobile devices and apps.

“Far more than half of all companies have adopted cloud computing and mobile devices,” said Seth Robinson, senior director, technology analysis at CompTIA. “This suggests that many companies are embracing new technology solutions without taking the corresponding actions necessary to build a proper defense. This poses huge challenges for the IT security professionals tasked with security responsibilities.”

A majority (90%) of IT professionals say security is of greater importance today to their companies than it was two years ago. While some improvements in security have been noted, many companies need to improve their standing.

“Simply placing a higher priority on security may not lead to improved measures,” Robinson said. “Companies may not fully understand the nature of modern threats. It’s incumbent on the IT pros to adequately communicate the requirements for modern security, the potential cost of weak defenses and the specific actions that should be taken.”

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