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.
Technology professionals are increasingly worried that their data will be hijacked by cybercriminals and held hostage for a fee, according to a survey of 300 IT specialists that found fending off ransomware is high on their list of priorities. The June survey from KnowBe4 found that the number of respondents citing concerns over ransomware rose by 25% since January, while overall confidence in mitigation efforts such as e-mail and spam filtering has decreased.
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.