Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-20-2012

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

According to the CompTIA study, 75 percent of executives say they are "very confident" in their company's ability to secure itself against outside attack.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

However, 41 percent of executives confess they have "moderate or significant deficiencies" when it comes to security expertise within their company.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Lost or stolen devices, especially mobile ones, is the most prevalent security issue confronting companies. However, the security of mobile applications is the biggest concern for businesses.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Meanwhile, social networking has become an ongoing concern for most companies. According to CompTIA, 51 percent of respondents say the rise of social networks is playing a role in corporate-wide security. And it's also having a negative impact.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Data loss remains a major issue. Four out of 10 respondents say they are aware of data loss in the last year.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Although risk assessment and management is an important component in security, just 52 percent of respondents say they engage in heavy risk analysis across their security apparatus.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Security is a huge topic of concern. Half of respondents told CompTIA they want to hire security specialists that can aid in risk management and train their staff.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

What are the biggest gaps when it comes to security knowledge? According to CompTIA, it's cloud security, mobile and data loss prevention.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

A lack of knowledge presents a host of issues. A whopping 44 percent of respondents say they have been in situations where they didn't even realize their company was exposed to security flaws.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

About 39 percent of respondents say security woes have prompted a loss of business.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes

Help exists: 75 percent of IT firms are delivering some type of security product or service to clients across network security, disaster recovery and data protection.

Empowered Employees Might Increase Security Woes