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.


Security Still An Afterthought, Study Says

Despite widespread threats and breaches, most enterprises still ignore risks in new apps, Ernst & Young survey says

Enterprises are in such a rush to adopt new technologies, such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and social media, that they are often overlooking the security risks, according to a study published this week.

According to Ernst & Young’s 14th annual Global Information Security Survey, many companies are aware of the risks that new technology presents, yet they move ahead without implementing security controls.

"Although 72 percent of respondents see increasing levels of risk due to external threats, and more companies are likely to adopt mobile tablet usage, security implementation is still low," Ernst & Young says. The survey also reports that only about a third of respondents have updated their information security strategies in the past 12 months.

Eighty percent of organizations currently are using or considering using mobile tablets, and 61 percent are using or considering the use of cloud computing services within the next year, Ernst & Young says. The survey of 1,700 organizations around the world also found that cloud computing is the top security funding priority for the next year.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents plan on increasing their information security budgets in the coming 12 months, the study says. However, only 51 percent of respondents stated that they have a documented information security strategy.

Overall, for the second consecutive year, respondents indicated that business continuity is their top funding priority.

Many organizations are still unclear about the implications of cloud technology. Almost half (48 percent) of respondents listed the implementation of cloud computing as a difficult or very difficult challenge, and more than half have not implemented any controls to mitigate the risks associated with cloud computing. The most frequently taken measure is stronger oversight of the contract management process with cloud providers, but only about 20 percent of respondents do it.

The adoption of tablets and smartphones ranked second-highest on the list of technology challenges in the survey, with more than half of respondents listing it as a difficult or very difficult challenge. Policy adjustments and awareness programs are the top two measures used to address risks posed by this new mobile technology, Ernst & Young says. Encryption techniques are used by less than half (47 percent) of the organizations.

Most respondents (72 percent) claimed that external malicious attacks were their top risk. More than half (53 percent) have responded by blocking access to social media sites, according to the survey.

Only 12 percent of respondents are presenting information security topics at each board meeting, and less than half (49 percent) of survey respondents stated that their information security function is meeting the needs of the organization, Ernst & Young reports.

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

Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
7 Old IT Things Every New InfoSec Pro Should Know
Joan Goodchild, Staff Editor,  4/20/2021
Cloud-Native Businesses Struggle With Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  5/6/2021
Defending Against Web Scraping Attacks
Rob Simon, Principal Security Consultant at TrustedSec,  5/7/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: Take me to your BISO 
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-10
In YzmCMS 5.6, XSS was discovered in member/member_content/init.html via the SRC attribute of an IFRAME element because of using UEditor
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-10
In YzmCMS 5.6, stored XSS exists via the common/static/plugin/ueditor/ action parameter, which allows remote attackers to upload a swf file. The swf file can be injected with arbitrary web script or HTML.
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-10
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in static/admin/js/kindeditor/plugins/multiimage/images/swfupload.swf in noneCms v1.3.0 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the movieName parameter.
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-10
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in admin/nav/add.html in noneCMS v1.3.0 allows remote authenticated attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the name parameter.
PUBLISHED: 2021-05-10
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in admin/article/add.html in noneCMS v1.3.0 allows remote authenticated attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the name parameter.