Enterprises Still Ignore Security Risks In New Apps

Despite widespread threats and breaches, most enterprises treat security issues in new apps as an afterthought, says Ernst & Young survey.
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 new study.

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% 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 said. 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% are using or considering the use of cloud computing services within the next year, Ernst & Young said. 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 said. However, only 51% 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%) 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% of respondents do it.

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