System Security: IT Not So Sure

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 09:03 AM gHale

IT professionals lack confidence in the security of their organizations’ networks, a new survey said.

What the survey really gets to is pointing out the persistence of ever-growing security threats and the inadequacies of corporate security measures.

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When asked to bet money their networks would not suffer a compromise in the next 12 months, 57 percent of IT professionals polled on behalf of PhoneFactor, a provider of multi-factor authentication solutions, would not take the bet. Granted, the potential wagers PhoneFactor presented were high: The company asked respondents to bet one of five amounts on the security of their networks: $0; $1,000; $5,000; $50,000 or $1 million.

While the money question may or may not be accurate, 84 percent of respondents think an expert hacker could infiltrate their corporate network. Of that 84 percent, 23 percent said an expert hacker could definitely gain access to their network.

If their networks did suffer a breach, only 25 percent of respondents were very confident they would know someone penetrated their system.

The prevalence of malware is the No. 1 reason respondents believe their networks are vulnerable, according to 55 percent of those surveyed.

Not quite half (45 percent) of respondents believe employees using personal devices to access corporate systems makes their networks more prone to attacks. The sheer volume of attacks ranked third, at 35 percent, followed by the widespread use of remote network access (32 percent).

More than 300 IT professionals responded to the survey, which occurred online in February 2012.