Password Cracking Tops IT’s Security Concerns

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-09-2015 Email

Companies experienced password cracking the most of all cyber-threats during the last three months, according to a new survey. The study, "U.S. Companies' Experience and Attitudes Towards Security Threats," was conducted by antivirus and security software firm Bitdefender and market researcher MillwardBrown. Technology officers at mid-size and large businesses in the United States participated online in early April. Thirty-eight percent are IT managers/IT directors, 16 percent are CIOs, 13 percent are IT officers and 10 percent are vice presidents of IT. They are either the final decision-maker or influence decision-making processes in procuring equipment, such as PCs, laptops, tablets, software solutions, servers and storage solutions and endpoint security solutions. "Zero-day exploits have traditionally been perceived as the most serious threat to the enterprise. They have been successfully used for covert infiltration in military-grade networks and have played a huge role in the deployment of the world's most spectacular APTs. Fast forwarding to 2015, IT managers' most-pressing issue becomes ransomware, a commercial-grade threat that threatens data availability and business continuity," said Bogdan Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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