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March 16, 2011

Employees don’t understand company security issues

by Darren Allan

A new study, carried out by Check Point Technologies and the Ponemon Institute, has apparently revealed that the complexity of security is the biggest challenge a business faces today.

The extensive study, which surveyed 2,400 IT security admins across the world, showed that level of complexity was such that 55% of companies used over seven different vendors to keep their network (hopefully) secure.

Limited employee awareness of security issues was also highlighted as problematic. Almost half of respondents thought that staff had little or even no awareness of data protection issues, or corporate security policy.

Check Point urged greater education on these matters to raise awareness of staff members’ own role in maintaining a secure business.

30% of those administrators questioned thought that a primary concern was compliance with emerging technologies. With the rapid spread of mobile computing and the cloud, companies often perform poorly when trying to apply security measures consistently across all layers of the network.

Check Point stated: “Research shows that, when dealing with IT consolidation, organizations struggle with minimizing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximizing performance. To enforce better protection, organizations need to approach security with a holistic view of their environment in order to understand where risks can reside.”

“By educating end-users and enforcing security policies with a holistic view of the organization, companies can minimize the complexities associated with security and compliance in modern-day business environments.”

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