Security breaches will continue to grow if companies don't start taking control
Remote access research from the DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2004 and sponsored by SafeNet¸ a global provider of private and public network security solutions, has revealed that many organisations are still failing to keep pace with the threats of mobility, citing lack of awareness and inappropriate security controls as the biggest threat to UK businesses today.
The survey revealed that 68 percent of the 1,000 UK businesses interviewed provide remote access - 86 percent in the case of large businesses (250 employees plus). This is a 20 percent increase from the same survey results in 2002. Whilst remote access is clearly becoming commonplace in many companies, 58 percent of those companies surveyed still have no security procedures in place to protect the data stored on mobile devices such as PDAs.
Even basic security precautions are being ignored - one quarter of those companies rely on straightforward measures such as passwords as protection, with only six percent using two-factor authentication to protect against rogue access to mobile devices and just 24 percent implementing virtual private networks (VPNs) to secure remote communication to the company network.
What is perhaps even more concerning is that penetration to the network by outsiders has quadrupled over the last two years, with one in seven companies admitting to over 100 unauthorised access attempts and one fifth not even being able to quantify the number.
"With company perimeters blurring and remote access on the up, the survey results have proved that there is still a large education process that needs to occur to protect companies' information assets," commented Gary Clark, vice president EMEA, SafeNet. "SafeNet, like others in this industry, has been securing those of the world's largest businesses and highly sensitive government entities who already realise the seriousness of the risk. Unfortunately, many companies are taking the 'it will never happen to us attitude'."
SafeNet will be available at Infosecurity (stand 430) to discuss the results in further detail with demonstrations of it's remote access solutions such as SoftRemotePDA and iKey.
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SafeNet, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFNT), a leading provider of private and public network security solutions, has set the industry standard for VPN technology and secure business communications and offers the only encryption platform for both WAN and VPN networks. With more than 20 years experience in developing, deploying and managing network security systems for the most security-conscious governments, financial institutions, and large enterprise organisations around the world, SafeNet's proven technology has emerged as the de facto industry standard for VPNs. SafeNet is the single-source vendor for WAN and VPN security solutions teamed with an easy and low-cost migration path to a broad range of VPN products. SafeNet security solutions, based on SecureIP TechnologyT, and part of the CGX Security Platform, have become the products of choice for leading Internet infrastructure manufacturers, service providers and security vendors. Securing the infrastructure of today's e-business communications as well as leading the way in government Homeland and classified data security, SafeNet has opened new markets for interoperable, secure and deployable VPN communications. Commercial customers include Texas Instruments, Microsoft, Samsung, Centillium Communications, ARM and Cisco Systems. Government, financial, and large enterprise customers include the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Bank of America, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola. For more information, visit http://www.safenet-inc.com/.
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