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By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-11-2010 Print

Three of the top tech trends of the 21st Century workplace - mobility, cloud computing and social networks - are posing significant threats to organizations' information security programs, according to an information security survey from Ernst & Young. For certain, CIOs and other senior decision-makers no longer feel that information security management programs should serve as insurance policies to be used only in the event of a disaster. Which means these managers are starting to take pro-active measures to prevent intrusions, data-theft and other security breaches, the survey reveals. "Organizations are operating in a world that requires borderless security," says Bernie Wedge, leader of Ernst & Young's Americas information technology risk and assurance practice. "The trend toward anywhere/anytime access to information has significantly changed today's business environment. Information access by employees using mobile devices - or items that are maintained and accessed by customers, vendors or other business partners - are considered outside traditional borders. Therefore, companies must think about security beyond their employees, data centers and firewalls." More than 1,600 senior executives in 56 nations took part in the survey. Here are some of the highlights:


60 percent of respondents feel that the use of social networking, cloud computing and personal mobile devices increase enterprise security risk.


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