Security Slideshow: Still Vulnerable After All These Years

By Bob Violino  |  Posted 12-03-2010
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35% of survey respondents say they've had a "significant security incident" within the last three years.

Strengthening information security has been a high priority for IT for years. And yet, despite all the efforts to protect data and systems via technology and policies, many organizations are still likely to be penetrated by cyber criminals who can bring down networks, steal valuable information assets and even put the business in jeopardy. That's the conclusion of the 2nd Annual Network Forensics Survey, conducted by Trusted Strategies and commissioned by Solera Networks. The study surveyed 200 security and IT professionals from large organizations (at least 1,000 network nodes) based in the United States, in October 2010. The Web-based survey was followed by one-on-one in-depth interviews with a number of participants. Most of the survey respondents say they have had, or expect to have, what they consider to be a "significant security incident," according to the report. Among the biggest concerns of survey respondents are employee visits to malicious Web sites and the use of instant messaging (IM). As for the damages of a major incident, the biggest concerns are network downtime and lengthy recovery periods. According to the report, most companies are not prepared to handle major security incidents when they do occur. Many don't have an up-to-date response plan, and are not ready to handle a significant security incident.



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