Combination of sophisticated attacks, department pressure increase IT security threats

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March 10, 2014
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For many IT departments, one of the measures of success is how well security protocols function. As it becomes a growing challenge for the IT channel, keeping a company’s network and data safe is a top priority. Several high profile companies found themselves making headlines because of their failure in this area.

A recent column by Ben Kepes in Forbes examined the current security landscape. First off, companies have a large number of potential threats to fight. These include botnets, spam, malware, unsolicited communication, DDoS, systems configurations and more.

According to a study by BitSight, in 2013, 68 to 82 percent of Forbes S&P 500 companies were the victim of an externally observable event. On top of that, only 18 percent have strong SSL certificates and 24 percent have strong SPF records.

That is a large number. Is it a case of sophisticated attacks of technology teams dropping the ball? A study from Trustwave found it was both. Surveying 800 IT professionals, 80 percent said they were pressured to deploy an IT project in 2013 despite known security issues. However, 73 percent believe their organization is safe from threats while 85 percent believe a larger team would help alleviate some of the pressures.

“I believe that to an extent these statistics are a direct result of the move towards the ‘lean enterprise,” Kepes wrote. “[Large enterprises are] keen to roll out minimum viable products to test a business hypothesis. While this is an admirable aim from the perspective of increasing innovation, it leaves significant gaps when it comes to security.”

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