The proliferation and sophistication of hackers, combined with increased reliance on interconnected applications, devices and systems has created a security environment that’s challenging for even the best prepared organizations, according to a new research study by IT industry association CompTIA.

The growing organization of hackers (cited by 54% of the 400 technology and business professionals surveyed online by CompTIA in January 2015), the sophistication of threats (52%) and the greater availability of hacking tools (48%) carry implications for business.

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