Businesses still exposed to cyberattacks, study suggests

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Business

More than two-thirds of IT security professionals think their organisation may suffer a data breach in the next six months, a new study has revealed.

When questioned by Lieberman Software Corporation, just 30 per cent of survey respondents were prepared to say with any conviction that their company is safe from attack.

Philip Lieberman, president and chief executive officer at the firm, said the figures highlight the fact that IT security professionals realise their businesses are "woefully unprotected" against cyberattacks.

"While vendors of conventional security products - like firewalls and anti-virus - are constantly updating their tools to reactively protect against the latest threats, hackers are looking for flaws and engineering new attacks to exploit them," he stated.

Mr Lieberman claimed that, in reality, 100 per cent protection is "nearly impossible" to achieve.

But that said, he claimed there are still best practices for securing access to critical systems and data that many organisations tend to ignore.

For instance, many computer users are still not changing default passwords when deploying new systems, Mr Lieberman noted.

"IT departments that do not have a solution in place to automatically detect, flag and change default privileged passwords on newly deployed systems are neglecting a very common security hole," he claimed.

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