May 28, 2008 By News Report
Secure Computing Corporation today announced the results of an IT Director survey that uncovers a rising concern of insider threats and widespread acknowledgement of being unprepared for emerging Web-based attacks.
When asked whether they believed insider or outsider threats posed a bigger problem to their organization, more than 80 percent of the 103 directors surveyed said insider threats (defined as either unintentional data leakage or deliberate data theft). Less than one in five respondents (17 percent) feel the external threats posed by hackers are more dangerous.
This could be in part due to the fact that 37 percent of respondents have experienced leakage of sensitive information in the past year. In line with this, internal security is at the top of IT Directors' shopping lists when respondents were asked to rank potential future investments that included perimeter security, staff mobility and network performance.
Additional interesting survey findings include:
"It's fascinating to see how perceptions of the threat landscape among senior IT decision makers is evolving, with the insider threat and data leakage rivaling traditional external threats among IT Directors' primary concerns," said Kieran Lees, Regional Sales Director at Secure Computing. "It's also very encouraging to see that security is starting to be seen as a genuine business enabler rather than just a necessary evil."
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