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Poll: Layoffs Impacting Security

Half of companies surveyed at Black Hat agree that layoffs are negatively impacting enterprise security, according to Breach Security
Black Hat USA 2009 — Booth #29 — LAS VEGAS, July 30, 2009 — Breach Security, Inc., the leader in web application integrity, security and PCI compliance, today announced live at the Black Hat USA Security Conference the results of an on-the-ground survey of the show's IT security executives and influencers. A Breach Security survey of 180 IT security professionals attending Black Hat found that over 45 percent of respondents have experienced a reduction-in-force this year that has impacted their security organization's ability to adequately protect the enterprise. 46 percent of respondents identified compliance as their organization's highest priority. 38 percent of those polled listed improving application security controls as their organization's highest priority.

Breach Security also found that one in four companies seldom report on application layer hacking attempts " either successful or failed. In addition, 15 percent of respondents reported poor controls in place to detect non-PCI related information leakage, such as information about their infrastructure and applications, and 15 percent reported no controls in place. "Security continues to be a concern for corporate America, but a surprising number of companies haven't taken the steps necessary to properly protect against information leakage and web attacks, or to establish and maintain accurate reporting mechanisms," said Sanjay Mehta, senior vice president for Breach Security. "Poor global economic conditions have caused organizations to focus on the minimum investments required to appease auditors instead of implementing solutions to adequately protect customer and corporate data."

Nearly 60 percent of survey respondents reported that it takes their companies between one and four weeks to remediate a SQL injection, cross-site scripting attack or other critical web vulnerabilities. For more information about Breach's survey of Black Hat conference attendees, please visit Breach Security in booth #29 at the Black Hat USA 2009 conference at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, Nevada or visit About Breach Security Breach Security, Inc. is the leading provider of real-time, continuous web application integrity, security and compliance that protects sensitive web-based information. Breach Security's products protect web applications from hacking attacks and data leakage, and ensure applications operate as intended. The company's products are trusted by thousands of organizations around the world, including leaders in finance, healthcare, ecommerce, travel and government. For more information, please visit