SolarWinds survey points to a false sense of security in UK organizations
A lack of widespread adherence to best practices, combined with the number of organizations that have suffered a significant cyber attack, potentially indicates a false sense of security.
SolarWinds has released the results of its Information Security Confidence Survey, which explored IT professionals’ confidence in their organizations’ security measures and processes. The survey found that while confidence is notably high, likely the result of several key factors, widespread adherence to security best practices is lacking and significant, damaging attacks continue: potentially indicating this confidence is a false sense of security.
“Organizations are taking positive steps toward improving their information security; most notably in terms of budget and resources,” said Mav Turner, director of security, SolarWinds. “It’s important, however, to never fall into the trap of over-confidence. IT pros should do everything they can to ensure the best defences possible, but never actually think they’ve done everything they can. This approach will ensure they are proactively taking all the steps necessary to truly protect their organizations’ infrastructures and sensitive data.”
Conducted in October 2014 in conjunction with Enterprise Management Associates, the survey yielded responses from 168 IT practitioners, managers, directors and executives in the UK from small and midsize enterprise companies.
“The survey brought out many interesting and disturbing trends,” said David Monahan, research director, risk and security management, Enterprise Management Associates. “The general over-confidence demonstrates why we are seeing more breaches. Much of this appears to come from the concept that compliance is equivalent to security. Knowing that all of the major retailers that have experienced breaches in the last year have been considered compliant, we know that is not true.”
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•Date: 26th November 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ISM