GFI has recently conducted a survey concering corporate security in the US for small and medium sized enterprizes (SMEs).
Despite the best efforts of many small and medium sized companies, a recent US survey shows that four in 10 companies believe that their networks are not secure. Thirty-two percent of the companies also reported that they had suffered a breach in the past 12 months alone citing virus attacks and Internet downloads as the leading cause of the security breach.
The survey, conducted by eMediaUSA on behalf of GFI Software, an international network security software developer, was given to 455 IT executives from U.S. based small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).
Commenting on the results, Andre Muscat, GFI’s Director of Engineering, said: “Email viruses top the ‘greatest threat to network security’ list and this does not come as a surprise. It is one of the easier attack routes and this is confirmed by those respondents who reported a breach. While companies are aware of, and are focused on, tackling viruses and malware, they appear to be giving sparse attention to other equally dangerous threats such as data theft and leakage from endpoints such as connected USB sticks, iPods and PDAs on the network.”
Further results on the survey can be found in the full survey here: