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[ISN] IT Professionals Lack Confidence in the Security of Their Systems
By Meridith Levinson
March 20, 2012
Would you bet money on the security of your company's systems? If your
answer is no, you're far from alone. Most IT professionals lack so much
confidence in the security of their organizations' networks that they
wouldn't bet a dime on it, according to the results of a recent survey.
The survey data speaks to both the inadequacies of corporate security
measures and to the persistence of ever-growing security threats.
When asked to bet money that their networks would not be compromised 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
Even if PhoneFactor had offered a few wagers under $1,000, respondents
probably would have remained unlikely to take the bet, judging by their
answers to other survey questions. For example, 84 percent of
respondents think an expert hacker could infiltrate their corporate
network. Of that 84 percent, nearly a quarter (23 percent) say an expert
hacker could definitely gain access to their network.
If their networks were to get breached, only 25 percent of respondents
are very confident that they would know they had been penetrated.
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