Risk
12/19/2012
07:24 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

Only 47% Of SMBs Ask Partners About Their Security Processes

nCircle-sponsored survey finds 61% of respondents share customer data with partners or vendors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – – nCircle, the leader in information risk and security performance management solutions, today announced the results of a sponsored study commissioned by nCircle and conducted by Dimensional Research. In the study, over 240 small and mid-sized business participants were asked how they evaluate their business partners' security programs.

"Business partners and vendors can be a weak link in the security of sensitive business information," said Diane Hagglund, principal researcher at Dimensional Research. "SMB IT teams often have a level of confidence in their partners' security that hasn't been fully vetted."

Key study findings include:

61% of respondents said they share customer data with partners or vendors, 44% share financial data and 37% share legal information

80% say their organization is more effective at securing sensitive customer and business information than their business partners

Only 47% of respondents said they always ask business partners for details about their security processes before sharing confidential information

74% of respondents are confident or very confident that their business partners adequately protect their companies sensitive business information

"This study had some good news and some bad news," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle. "It's encouraging that half of small businesses ask their business partners about security because it means more businesses are aware of the importance of their security. It's discouraging that 80% of participants believe their security is better than their business partners', but they continue to share customer data with them. Let's hope that greater security awareness means more detailed, actionable security requirements for partners are in the works. Better business partner security is everyone's responsibility."

The study is illustrated in nCircle's "Business Partner (In)Security" infographic. Interested parties have permission to embed and share the infographic on their websites or blogs with attribution.

For more information about the study, please visit: http://www.ncircle.com/index.php?s=resources_surveys_Business-Partner-Survey-2012

About nCircle

nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer's premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.

nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at http://www.ncircle.com.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7421
Published: 2015-03-02
The Crypto API in the Linux kernel before 3.18.5 allows local users to load arbitrary kernel modules via a bind system call for an AF_ALG socket with a module name in the salg_name field, a different vulnerability than CVE-2014-9644.

CVE-2014-8160
Published: 2015-03-02
net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_proto_generic.c in the Linux kernel before 3.18 generates incorrect conntrack entries during handling of certain iptables rule sets for the SCTP, DCCP, GRE, and UDP-Lite protocols, which allows remote attackers to bypass intended access restrictions via packets with disall...

CVE-2014-9644
Published: 2015-03-02
The Crypto API in the Linux kernel before 3.18.5 allows local users to load arbitrary kernel modules via a bind system call for an AF_ALG socket with a parenthesized module template expression in the salg_name field, as demonstrated by the vfat(aes) expression, a different vulnerability than CVE-201...

CVE-2015-0239
Published: 2015-03-02
The em_sysenter function in arch/x86/kvm/emulate.c in the Linux kernel before 3.18.5, when the guest OS lacks SYSENTER MSR initialization, allows guest OS users to gain guest OS privileges or cause a denial of service (guest OS crash) by triggering use of a 16-bit code segment for emulation of a SYS...

CVE-2014-8921
Published: 2015-03-01
The IBM Notes Traveler Companion application 1.0 and 1.1 before 201411010515 for Window Phone, as distributed in IBM Notes Traveler 9.0.1, does not properly restrict the number of executions of the automatic configuration option, which makes it easier for remote attackers to capture credentials by c...

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.