Great security? Don't bet on it

Great security? Don't bet on it

Summary: Most IT security professionals wouldn't bet their own money on the security of their corporate networks, according to a new report published by authentication solutions provider PhoneFactor.

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Most IT security professionals wouldn't bet their own money on the security of their corporate networks, according to a new report published by authentication solutions provider PhoneFactor.

PhoneFactor's researchers surveyed over 300 IT professionals in the United States in February about the security of their corporate networks.

When asked to wager one of five amounts (US$0, US$1000, US$5000, US$50,000 or US$1,000,000) that their network would not be compromised in the next 12 months, 57.7 per cent of the respondents refused to take the bet, going instead with just $0.

Sarah Fender, vice president of marketing and product management at PhoneFactor, explained in the report, "It's easy for a person to say that their network is secure, but when we asked them to make a bet using their own money, they simply would not do so unless additional protections were put into place."

Even worse, the study found that 70.3 per cent of respondents were only somewhat confident or not all confident that an unauthorised person could not gain access to their networks.

So, if IT security professionals are this sceptical about the security of corporate networks, how much trust can the rest of us reasonably place when accessing these networks — whether it be with personal or work devices?

Unfortunately, the reality is likely that most employees won't notice (or even care) one way or another — leaving so much personal and corporate data at risk at a time when many experts from the likes of Cisco, McAfee and Verizon are constantly reminding us that targeted attacks on networks and mobile devices are increasing rapidly.

Via ZDNet US

Topic: Security

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  • You couldn't put a dollar value on security, because of two simple reasons: the Internet is vast and largely hostile, and it has humans attached to it, which is both a vulnerability and a threat to security.
    dmh_paul