Malware and data breaches are the biggest threats to businesses, and bring-your-own-device policies and cloud adoption can make those threats worse, IT professionals say in a survey. The survey suggests IT professionals will shift from device-centric security to data-centric strategies.
Three-quarters of IT security professionals are actively seeking out new vendors to address data security concerns, a Blue Lava survey indicates. The report shows that application layer security is the top IT concern and that other concerns include security breaches and malware that go unnoticed and third-party access to a company's IT.
IT security professionals' biggest concerns regarding cloud security are bring-your-own-device policies and data loss and control, an AccelOps survey indicates. About two-thirds of the 176 survey respondents said they use cloud services, yet less than half said they have shifted important applications and data to the cloud. "There is much work to be done to ensure that security threats and the risk of data loss associated with cloud environments are minimized," AccelOps CEO Flint Brenton said in a statement.
CDW says a survey of 300 federal tech workers revealed more than 30% responded to security issues such as outside attacks, malware and employee errors on a daily basis. The survey found support for increased cybersecurity spending by the government, which already is projected to increase by nearly $4 billion during the next five years.