Kaspersky study reveals many businesses missing the cyber security mark

Many businesses may be missing the mark when it comes to cyber security initiatives and vulnerability management in the workplace, a new study has found.

In July 2012 B2B International, in partnership with Kaspersky Labs, conducted a global survey of more than 3,300 IT professionals in order to determine levels of knowledge and awareness about current cybercrime threats.

While economic uncertainty was named as the foremost key threat facing businesses today, 50 per cent of respondents named cybercrime as one of the top three most pressing risks for modern businesses.

Furthermore, 42 per cent of respondents answered that they believe that cybercrime will become a more pressing concern in the future.

Despite this, only 59 per cent of respondents – less than two thirds – answered that they felt that they and their organisation are prepared to deal with the cybercrime threats of the future.

When it comes to managing cyber threats the best offense is a good defence through proactive initiatives such as penetration testing and ethical hacking.

The good news is that the results of this survey seem to indicate that most IT professionals are aware of this and understand the importance of instigating preventative measures.

One quarter of respondents said that they were and able to stop most security events before they start.

However a full 16 per cent of respondents said that prefer to be and solve problems after the fact.

The survey also questioned IT staff as to the security measures which they have already put in place in order to tackle the threat of cybercrime.

While anti-malware protection and regular software updates were both touted as ways businesses may try to protect themselves against cyber-threats, implementing different access levels for different IT systems was also popular.

Nearly half of respondents indicated that they had also placed a ban on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook in the workplace in order to combat internal and external threats as well as increase productivity.

A Kaspersky blog post published September 11 has suggested that this may reflect the fact that some businesses are, in reality, more concerned with the performance of employees over infrastructure security.

Many organisations have also placed bans on removable media such as external hard drives and USB storage devices in order to reduce the risk of data breach.

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