Majority of companies think they're protected against cyber crime

Number: IRCNE2015102667

Date: 2015/10/25

According to “itpro”, the majority (83 per cent) of businesses feel confident their organisation is sufficiently protected against a data security breach, but they have been warned to avoid complacency in order to continue to fend off such attacks.

Research collated by YouGov for Ilex revealed that malware vulnerabilities counted for almost a quarter of all weaknesses in businesses, while email security was a secondary concern and employee education, cloud applications, insider threats and access controls all featured high on the list of threats.

Large businesses, however, said there was a much bigger concern about insider threats (44 per cent), employee education (42 per cent) and access control (26 per cent), with BYOD policies and employees using their own mobile devices in the workplace accounting for 24 per cent of weaknesses in security infrastructure.

“It’s important that businesses come to terms with the reality of data security breaches. If they don’t think they have been targeted yet, they will be and need to be prepared,” said Thierry Bettini, Director of International Strategy at Ilex International. “As technology evolves and brings new security risks, businesses should be doing all they can to educate."

Businesses should invest in digital technologies at the earliest opportunity in order to avoid much larger penalties later on when their security is breached, according to Fallon.

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