‘State of Security’ Report Shows Organizations Recognize Pervasiveness and Resiliency of Cyber Criminals Yet 79 Percent Experienced a Significant Incident in Past 12 Months
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 6, 2012 – McAfee today announced the State of Security report showing how IT decision-makers view the challenges of securing information assets in a highly regulated and increasingly complex global business environment. It also reveals companies’ IT security priorities around processes, practices and technology for 2012. As the corporate data environment expands, effective information security is possible only by creating a Strategic Security Plan (SSP) which incorporates a comprehensive threat analysis and an in-depth, layered security risk mitigation approach. The survey looked to identify some of the key trends facing enterprises in developing their SSPs.
The survey respondents categorized themselves into various states of security maturity. These categorizations help to understand the mindset of the companies as they view enterprise information security. The terms below are used to describe the level of security maturity of participating organizations:
“Every organization needs to take a layered approach to security, utilizing both processes and solutions designed to prevent compromise. Complicating the challenge of managing risk and securing data is the fact that 'the enterprise' now extends far beyond office walls and perimeter firewalls,” said Jill Kyte, vice president at McAfee. “Companies are giving network access to business partners and contract workers, and in some cases, even to customers. Workers access the enterprise network remotely using mobile devices, many of which are personally owned and not controlled by the company whose network they access. Moreover, data and applications are being moved into public and hybrid cloud environments where the data owners have little direct control over security and all of this requires a business to have a Strategic Security Plan.”
The key findings included:
While organizations are working on their strategic security plans and putting in their best efforts toward protecting business systems and critical data, there is much room for improvement all the way around.
About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Evalueserve and included responses from 495 organizations. Countries included in the survey were: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand and range in size from a minimum of 1,000 employees to more than 50,000 employees. The report is available at: www.mcafee.com/ssp
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