Enterprises in denial regarding security

Posted On 13 Oct 2013
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Lancope recently conducted a survey which is claimed to show that many organisations are in denial when it comes to the security of their IT infrastructure. Results indicated that nearly two-thirds of organisations believe that they have not experienced any security incidents over the last 12-18 months, or are unsure whether they have or not. The company claims that such results are ‘highly unlikely’, and state, ‘Any system you connect to the internet is going to be targeted by attackers very quickly thereafter. If you’re unsure whether or not your organisation has had a security incident, the chances are very high that the answer is yes.’ The report indicated that more than 65 per cent stated they have not, or are unsure if, they have experienced any security incidents in the past 12-18 months. Over 50 per cent see BYOD as one of the risks to their organisation, with 32 per cent also considering insider threats as a top risk.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.