BYOD, Cloud Security Risk Growing

Thursday, April 9, 2015 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Data breaches and malware are IT professionals’ top threats and risks, a new survey said.

On top of that, 51 percent of survey respondents said along with data breaches and malware, insider and outsider threats, BYOD management and security, and advanced persistent threats are their companies’ top risks, according to Wisegate, a crowdsourced IT research company, which surveyed hundreds of its senior IT professional members.

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When asked to identify trends that have a big impact on security programs, IT professionals said malware and its associated data breach risk will likely get worse over the coming years specifically because of these trends:
• Cloud technology, public and private

The work environment is now a place where employers will require people to bring and use their own devices. Most companies already provide staff with equipment, and many currently tolerate BYOD. The trend will continue until eventually companies will choose to make the personal devices employees already use official.

When asked what infrastructure security controls would be a priority over the next few years, 32 percent of respondents said information protection and control was their top priority. Web application firewall wasn’t far behind at 26 percent.

This suggests a shift in emphasis from protecting devices to placing a greater emphasis on protecting applications and the data itself.

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