Survey: 40 Percent Of You Still Think Your Networks Are Insecure (And You're Probably Right)And most of the rest of you continue to leave endpoints unguarded, according to a new survey of small and midsize businesses.
And most of the rest of you continue to leave endpoints unguarded, according to a new survey of small and midsize businesses.The survey from networking software developer GFI polled 455 IT execs from small and midsize businesses.
Among the most notable -- though least surprising -- findings was that while 42 percent of the respondents worried that their networks remained vulnerable, well over 90 percent had anti-virus software and firewalls deployed. 80 percent are using spam filters, though less than 20 percent had endpoint security solutions in-place.
That last is in line with the even small number -- 7 percent -- of you who are concerned about insider threats, and the threats posed by portable storage devices.
Which leads to the conclusion that the 42 percent insecurity finding -- as GFI points out -- may have less to do with the actual security of the networks than the growing perception that no amount of protection can actually deliver unbreachable security.
True enough -- as true in the digital age as it's been in every other age: there is no real security this side of the grave, the old saying goes.
But it's also true enough that deploying some aspects of a broad and robust multi-faceted security strategy while leaving others essentially ignored is a formula for problems, possibly, um, grave ones.
No wonder more than half of the respondents wanted more employee education on security issues, and a quarter wished their management better understood the nature of the security challenge. Presumably a better educated management would be more willing to spend the money needed to address all of danger-points, not just the most obvious ones.
Take a look at the entire survey here.