Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

11/17/2009
11:22 AM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Only Half Of CEOs Strongly Support Data Security Efforts

New Ponemon study finds lack of executive buy-in for security, disconnects between IT and security, and U.S. firms less confident of their data security

More than half of IT and security professionals worldwide believe their company's laptops and other mobile devices pose security risks to their organizations, and only half of them have CEOs who are strong advocates and supporters of data security efforts, according to new report issued today.

The new Ponemon Institute report, "State of the Endpoint: IT Security & IT Operations Practitioners in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand & Germany," which was commissioned by Lumension Security, also found that IT security is more worried about endpoint security (60 percent) than IT operations (53 percent), as well as other signs of inadequate communication and collaboration between the two groups.

And security and IT pros in the U.S. tend to be more pessimistic about security than their counterparts in other parts of the world. Only 40 percent of U.S. IT and security pros said their CEOs were strong supporters of data security efforts, and while 77 percent of German firms and 57 percent of U.K. firms said their networks are more secure now than a year ago, only 44 percent of U.S. firms thought so. Only 42 percent of Australian firms said their networks were more secure this year than last.

"I was surprised at the challenges in the U.S. market and how they didn't feel they had buy-in at the 'c' level," says Ed Brice, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Lumension. U.S. firms are also the least likely to get bigger budgets for security in fiscal year 2010 -- 11 percent of U.S. security pros expected more money, and 6 percent of IT pros. "They had the lowest [numbers] in looking to increase their budget," Brice says.

Around 53 percent of all firms expect their security spending to remain flat, according to the report.

U.S. firms were also less inclined to consider compliance helpful to security of their endpoints -- 44 percent of U.S. companies said regulations improved their endpoint security, versus 54 percent in Germany, and 50 percent in the U.K.

More than 50 percent of firms worldwide said compliance helps their endpoint security because it helps them obtain more security resources. "There's a potential mismatch between the intent of compliance and what compliance really is: Is it a reality or a mindset?" Brice says. "There are very different mindsets in countries outside the U.S., where compliance helps with policy and controls. That doesn't resonate in the U.S."

When it comes to spending on compliance, German firms lead the way with $10.9 million a year in compliance budgets, followed by the U.K. with $7.7 million, and the U.S. at $7.2 million per firm.

Lumension's Brice says the survey demonstrates that adoption and implementation of cloud computing, Web 2.0, and virtualization technologies are coming faster than most organizations expected. "The adoption and implementation of these approaches is going to be more rapid than people are currently perceiving. The pressure to drive efficiency has never been greater as a result of the economic climate," he says. "And IT is no longer in position of saying, 'No, you can't do that.'

"At the same time, they have to be careful that they don't bring in additional risks. If you don't have the resources, you could have more risk coming into the endpoint as you try to cut costs."

Another big hurdle is the remaining disconnect between IT and security departments within organizations. Only 17 percent of the firms in the survey said they had "excellent collaboration" between the two departments, while 42 percent said it was "adequate" but needs improvement. Around one-third said collaboration was poor or nonexistent, Brice says.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Stop Defending Everything
Kevin Kurzawa, Senior Information Security Auditor,  2/12/2020
Small Business Security: 5 Tips on How and Where to Start
Mike Puglia, Chief Strategy Officer at Kaseya,  2/13/2020
5 Common Errors That Allow Attackers to Go Undetected
Matt Middleton-Leal, General Manager and Chief Security Strategist, Netwrix,  2/12/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-20477
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-19
PyYAML 5.1 through 5.1.2 has insufficient restrictions on the load and load_all functions because of a class deserialization issue, e.g., Popen is a class in the subprocess module. NOTE: this issue exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2017-18342.
CVE-2019-20478
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-19
In ruamel.yaml through 0.16.7, the load method allows remote code execution if the application calls this method with an untrusted argument. In other words, this issue affects developers who are unaware of the need to use methods such as safe_load in these use cases.
CVE-2011-2054
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-19
A vulnerability in the Cisco ASA that could allow a remote attacker to successfully authenticate using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client if the Secondary Authentication type is LDAP and the password is left blank, providing the primary credentials are correct. The vulnerabilities is due to improper in...
CVE-2015-0749
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-19
A vulnerability in Cisco Unified Communications Manager could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to conduct a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack on the affected software. The vulnerabilities is due to improper input validation of certain parameters passed to the affected software. An attacker ...
CVE-2015-9543
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-19
An issue was discovered in OpenStack Nova before 18.2.4, 19.x before 19.1.0, and 20.x before 20.1.0. It can leak consoleauth tokens into log files. An attacker with read access to the service's logs may obtain tokens used for console access. All Nova setups using novncproxy are affected. This is rel...