Internal staff still pose the biggest security risk
Employees are more of a threat than hackers, suggests poll
Tech4Biz | 31 May 2012 :
IT security professionals still fear their own organisation's staff the most when it comes to data breaches.
At the recent Infosecurity conference in London 300 information security professionals were polled about their data breach fears, and 71% said their own staff posed the biggest threat to their data.
This far outweighed that of hackers (28%), consultants and other third parties (7%), and just 5% cited domestic or foreign government agencies.
When it came to government snooping the Chinese government was the most feared, with the US and Russian governments well behind, and UK government slightly behind those two.
When looking at ways to improve security, 83% believed the open source community could collaborate better.
Barmak Meftah, CEO of open source data protection systems firm AlienVault, which did the survey, said: "We recognise that the way to beat the hackers is to facilitate collaboration among all members of the security community.
"But the talents and inputs of the open source community in particular are critical. They are on the front line of innovation and represent an incredibly diverse universe of organisations and geographies."