Security Slideshow: Social Media, Cloud Create Information Security Challenges

By Bob Violino  |  Posted 11-11-2011

Strategy shortfall

Only 51% of the organizations surveyed have a documented information security strategy.

Strategy shortfall

Security gap

Only 12% of respondents are presenting information security topics at each board meeting and less than half (49%) say their information security function is meeting the needs of the organization.

Security gap

Cloud challenges

48% of respondents listed the implementation of cloud computing as a difficult or very difficult challenge, and more than half have not implemented any controls to mitigate the risks associated with cloud computing.

Cloud challenges

Misguided trust

The most frequently taken measure with cloud security is stronger oversight of the contract management process with cloud providers, but only by 20% of respondents even do this.

Misguided trust

Mobile challenges

The adoption of tablets and smartphones ranked second on the list of most significant technology challenges, with more than half of respondents listing it as a difficult or very difficult challenge. Despite that, a majority (80%) of the organizations are either planning, evaluating or using tablet computers.

Mobile challenges

Budget increases

59% of respondents plan to increase their information security budgets in the coming 12 months.

Budget increases

Low encryption rate

The adoption of security techniques and software is still low, the report says. For example, fewer than 47% of the organizations use encryption techniques.

Low encryption rate

External attacks

72% of the organizations say external malicious attacks are their top risk.

External attacks

Social challenges

Nearly 40% of the respondents rate social media-related risks issues as challenging.

Social challenges

Social media blockades

More than half of the organizations (53%) have responded to risks posed by social media by blocking access to sites.

Social media blockades