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Ponemon Institute and Security Innovation Reveal Gaps and Best Practices in Security Awareness Program with Latest Research


Wilmington, MA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

Security Innovation and Ponemon Institute today announced the release of its State of Information Security Awareness: Trends & Developments Report. The objective of the research is to understand global trends and developments in information security education. The companies surveyed over 3,000 IT and other managers who were influential in their organization’s PCI DSS compliance and/or audit activities. Approximately half of the respondent companies currently require their employees to participate in information security awareness training, and it is these survey responses that form the research basis of the whitepaper.

“Security awareness training programs have become a much higher priority for risk-sensitive employers, “ said Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder of Ponemon Institute. “The collected data reinforces the need for targeted security awareness training to ensure threats are well understood and good security hygiene becomes part of daily activities.”

Key trends include:

#1: Spending is Increasing

Among the organizations that plan to implement a new security awareness training program, 64% will do so in the upcoming year – and spend some serious money doing it: 73% plan to spend over $ 100,000 and 41% will spend over $ 500,000.

#2: There’s Room for Improvement

64% of managers are less than fully satisfied with their current PCI DSS security training. Additionally, about two-thirds of companies currently train less than a quarter of their workforce, omitting key personnel.

#3: Short, Customizable and Online

Awareness training is most effective when available in short sessions, making computer-based training (CBT) the most popular and cost-effective approach for many companies. This is particularly important for smaller companies who typically spend almost twice as much per employee on training than larger companies. Additionally, 64% of companies customize training with company-specific content and, for those that offer training tailored to job function, IT departments receive the most customized curriculum.

#4: It’s Not Just About Compliance

Although compliance is currently the single biggest driver of data security training, 82% of organizations surveyed implement security awareness training programs to improve their overall level of data security.

Security industry standards bodies, such as PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), have recently updated their compliance requirements and best practices guidelines to place more emphasis on the importance of security awareness training.

Other key findings of the Security Innovation and Ponemon Institute research:

-About half of the organizations that provide training via CBT rely on third-party vendors for program development

-Most of the respondents who provide formal training indicated their curriculum is updated at least once per year, with 21% updating it more frequently

-More than two-thirds of organizations measure the immediate impact of their PCI DSS training using employee tests or satisfaction surveys upon program completion

-The most popular way for organizations to measure the long-term effectiveness of their PCI DSS training is by tracking reductions in non-compliance incidents

About Security Innovation

An application security pioneer since 2002, Security Innovation is dedicated to making software more resilient within the world’s most challenging environments; whether on the web, in devices or in the cloud. Our training and assessment solutions help organizations mitigate risk, eradicate vulnerabilities, and prevent data theft. Recognizing that application software no longer exists in isolation, our clients are better prepared to anticipate, navigate and reduce software security risk regardless of technology or system complexity. There are more than a million licenses of Security Innovation’s eLearning products in use today and our embedded security products ship on tens of millions of systems each year. Learn more at http://www.securityinnovation.com.

About Ponemon Institute

Ponemon Institute is dedicated to independent research and education that advances responsible information and privacy management practices within business and government. The company’s mission is to conduct high quality, empirical studies on critical issues affecting the management and security of sensitive information about people and organizations.







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Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Changes in consumer spending power and healthy habits are the primary drivers for the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry. The recession had a powerful effect on most consumer-facing industries. With the unemployment rate climbing, per capita disposable incomes waned, causing shoppers to tighten their purse strings and reduce demand for discretionary products, such as apparel. Additionally, shoppers turned to lower-priced retail outlets, such as mass merchandisers and internet-only retailers, for their clothing needs. Still, the increasing obesity rate in the United States has supported industry revenue growth during the past five years. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow at an annualized rate in the five years to 2014.

Industry profitability fell to a recessionary low in 2009 and 2010 and remained constrained immediately following the recession. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst David Yang, “The weak profit margin is partly the result of consumers’ lower-priced clothing choices during the recession, in addition to the rising cost of inputs.” Floods in key cotton-supplying countries caused the commodity’s price to skyrocket in 2010 and 2011, which raised the price of clothing. While retailers passed on a portion of the increase to consumers, they had to absorb the rest of it, diminishing profit margins. Since then, profit margins have improved as cotton prices declined and volatility moderated.

The industry is forecast to perform more strongly over the five years to 2019, as factors like per capita disposable income continue to grow. Moreover, with a rising focus on plus-size fashion, product choices are likely to expand and benefit specialty retailers. “Indeed, industry operators will likely benefit from greater designer collaboration and greater availability of premium products,” says Yang. As a result, despite potential competition from alternative retailers, the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry is forecast to grow at an average annual rate in the five years to 2019. Profit is also anticipated to rise as more high-end labels begin to offer plus-size styles.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Personal Shopping Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Over the past five years, consumers have been searching for higher quality and more personalized customer care, which increasing disposable income has allowed them to pay for it. Consumers overwhelmed by an abundance of clothing choices, or too busy to shop for themselves, have sought to outsource their shopping to professionals who specialize in style consultations, wardrobe edits and a variety of other specialty shopping services. Economic recovery has brought with it a decreasing unemployment rate and increased consumer spending, giving the Personal Shopping Services industry a 4.1% boost to $ 761.7 million over the five years to 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sarah Kahn, “Personal shoppers face fierce competition for their discretionary, often luxury, services.” Due to the personalized and time consuming nature of the services, the lack of universally recognized credentials and the minimal start-up costs, the industry has become crowded and fragmented. Over the past five years, employment has increased at an average annual rate of 4.0%. Additionally, department stores competing for customer satisfaction and loyalty have been contending with personal shoppers, providing their own stylists that offer many of the same services for free. Facing this competition, revenue is expected to increase at a slightly lower 3.9% rate in 2014.

A new form of competition is being perfected in the form of online services and mobile apps. “Personal shoppers are expected to struggle to compete with webpages that use algorithms and predictive analytics, extracting information from consumers’ personal spending habits to determine patterns and predict future trends,” says Kahn. As the percentage of services conducted online increases and shifts to mobile devices, new apps are expected to emerge, providing networks of stylists available through in-app messaging systems.

Setting themselves apart from department store stylists, e-commerce webpages and mobile apps, personal shoppers are expected to expand their clientele by offering lower-cost services to lower-income consumers or specialize in a more niche market. Over the next five years, revenue is expected to continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, as post-financial-crisis consumers consider lower-cost alternatives to satisfy their personal shopping needs.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Personal Shopping Services in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the Personal Shopping Services in the US industry provide personal shopping services. Personal shoppers assist individuals by purchasing items on their behalf, suggesting items to purchase and providing style assistance. Personal shoppers employed by department stores (IBISWorld report 45211) and e-commerce sites (report 45411a) are not included in this industry. Personal shoppers serving corporations only are also not included in this industry.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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