When Executives Ignore Security Policies

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-19-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    When Executives Ignore Security Policies
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    When Executives Ignore Security Policies

    Although the majority of IT and business leaders believe their job could be at stake over a security breach, many continue to display questionable security habits.
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    IT Security Is a Top Spending Priority
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    IT Security Is a Top Spending Priority

    87% of respondents expect increased investment in security this year.
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    Insiders Pose the Greatest Threat
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    Insiders Pose the Greatest Threat

    46% of IT managers believe that employees or insiders represent the greatest security risk to organizations.
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    Security Protocols Are Disregarded
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    Security Protocols Are Disregarded

    On average, 33% of all security protocols are not followed by staff.
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    High Number of Security Breaches
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    High Number of Security Breaches

    38% of respondents experienced data breaches during the last year. One factor for this number could be that one-third of all staff ignore security protocols.
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    Brunt of Security Responsibility
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    Brunt of Security Responsibility

    78% of respondents believe IT managers are primarily responsible for their organization's security.
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    The Penalty for Security Breaches
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    The Penalty for Security Breaches

    65% of IT decision-makers believe they are likely to lose their job in the event of a security breach.
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    Age Matters
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    Age Matters

    38% of those ages 18-44, compared to 25% of those over age 45 report security protocols not being followed. 41% of those 18-44 have hacked their own or another organization, compared to 12% of IT decision-makers over 45.
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    Cavalier Attitude Toward Security
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    Cavalier Attitude Toward Security

    89% of those 18-44 say they are sufficiently staffed to provide effective security. 75% of IT decision-makers over 45 believe this. 92% of those 18-44 are confident their organization can contain a breach compared to 79% of those over age 45.
 

A new study finds that a surprisingly high percentage of IT executives—45 percent—knowingly circumvent organizational security policies, and many have even successfully hacked their own or another organization. IT decision-makers between the ages of 18 and 44 demonstrate a "much more cavalier" toward IT security than those over age 45. "It was alarming to see such a high incidence of non-compliant behavior by IT personnel," said Stephen Midgley, vice president of Global Marketing for Absolute Software, a security firm. "Even if these actions are being performed to validate existing infrastructure, senior leadership should be aware that this activity is occurring. It may also be worthwhile to consider third-party audits to ensure adherence with corporate security policies." The survey was conducted online among 501 U.S. adults 18 years or older who hold IT director/executive, IT manager, IT administrator, IT security, or other IT information security management roles. They were employed at companies with 50 or more workers.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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