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​Dell: Why a lack of security knowledge is limiting business initiatives

James Henderson | March 28, 2016
“Business leaders understand the need to invest in their security infrastructure, but that isn’t translating..."

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“These findings show that the costs and time constraints that commonly accompany traditional single point solutions have an adverse impact on IT departments,” Lalla adds.

“For companies with hundreds or thousands of employees, managing each endpoint separately using multiple consoles is extremely inefficient and leads to a high probability of conflict or incompatibility.

“Implementing a single, integrated suite for IT management can drastically improve this process.”

Malware

The report showed that respondents remain highly concerned about malware, despite the fact that most have anti-malware solutions in place.

Nearly three in four (73 percent) decision makers are somewhat to very concerned about malware and advanced persistent threats.

Concern over malware threats is highest in the United States (31 percent very concerned), France (31 percent very concerned) and especially India (56 percent very concerned) – while it’s a lesser concern in Germany (11 percent very concerned) and Japan (12 percent very concerned).

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In addition, only one in five respondents are very confident in their ability to protect against sophisticated malware attacks with respondents more worried about spear phishing attacks (73 percent are concerned) than any other breach method.

“The fact that IT and business decision makers are not confident in their anti-malware defence implies that they may be using outdated or ineffective tools,” adds Brett Hansen, Executive Director of Data Security Solutions, Dell.

“When IT teams do not have the resources they need to proactively prevent threats and stay on top of the evolving threat landscape, they are forced to play defence using threat detection and remediation alone.”

Mobility

As Hansen explains, employers feel they have to limit mobility in order to protect data.

“The common narrative is that all offices are becoming more mobile, but according to this report, the truth is somewhat more complicated,” he adds.

Hansen says the majority of mid-market companies (65 percent) are holding back plans to make their workforce more mobile for security reasons with 67 percent hesitant to introduce a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program.

While 82 percent of decision makers have attempted to limit data access points to enhance security, 72 percent of decision makers believe that knowing where data is accessed will make their data protection measures more effective.

Going further, Hansen says 69 percent of respondents say they are still willing to sacrifice individual devices to protect their company against a data breach, yet 57 percent of respondents are still concerned about the quality of encryption used by their company.

Security concerns aside, two in five respondents are interested in allowing greater mobility for enhanced employee productivity.

“When organisations opt out of creating sanctioned, secure mobility programs, they open themselves up to other risks,” Hansen adds.

 

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