Here are some startling statistics that the report uncovered:
Top 5 IT security threats and how to avoid them
The mobile gateway is not hacker-proof. Still, many businesses use mobile devices for convenience and streamlining productivity anyway. 67 percent of businesses stated they faced security breaches on their mobile devices. For 38 percent, polices for bring your own device (BYOD) were not guarded. Security awareness training helps businesses with BOYD policies protect their network and users. Especially as the use of mobile phones for business continues to grow.
An infected email attachment has the power to infect an entire office with the power of one click. To counter the curiosity some workers may have, it’s best to keep your user informed. Explain the possible dangers of opening unsolicited emails and provide examples. Have employees sign a security policy acknowledging the companies policies, and the consequences. Create security awareness training classes to learn about IT security threats. Hold all employees accountable for their actions.
Consider including these statements in your security policy:
– If you receive an email from an unrecognized sender, please don’t open the email attachment. Delete the email. Report repeat unsolicited emails as spam.
– Review link addresses by hovering over them first. Inspect the link first before clicking it. Suspicious links from known, and even known senders will reveal themselves.
The CIO survey revealed that 20 percent of businesses skip security policy testing. For many businesses, ran security policy checks sometime after 90 days. For other businesses, they had never run security policy checks. It shows that IT security awareness training, and testing were not thought of as a top priority.
Most businesses admitted they didn’t keep their business collaborators’ sensitive data safe. The scary part? Over 65 perfect of senior-level executives stated they dodged full responsibility for any security issues at all! The survey also found that 21 percent said they never have security meetings at all. Putting third-party security measures in place is crucial for protecting your business.
60 percent of businesses surveyed reported security breaches were due to the fault of their own employees! A high number of businesses stated stolen account incidents occurred due to recklessness. The worst part is that 40 percent of businesses reported breaches were due to angry employees. Insider disloyalty made up a significant amount of security breaches which is avoidable. Having network policies and good security in place protects your business from IT security threats.
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