Organisations See Employee Misuse As The Biggest Threat To Their Security Network

41% of organisations see employee misuse of the corporate network as their biggest security threat, according to a recent survey conducted by Storage and Network Specialists, LSI.

The survey of 250 IT Directors and board-level decision makers, found that after employee misuse, 21% of organisations saw traditional hacking attacks as the biggest security threat to their organisation, closely followed by widening network perimeters (15%) and finally terrorist threats and lack of encryption in data centres.

Education, however, is only half of the solution; this needs to be backed up by a robust security system, especially when considering the growing amount of data crossing an organisation’s network.

Threats such as Trojan Horses, spam and hackers are evolving year-on-year and failure to invest in the latest security runs the risk of being affected by any or all of the above.

Further findings showed that the most common reason for organisations not investing in network security is cost which comes as little surprise when considering the current economic climate.

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Commenting the survey results, John Bromhead of LSI said: “The above figures show that staff education is key when it comes to security. Organisations need to make sure that staff are fully aware of the risks they can bring to an organisation when downloading images or leaving passwords around the office.”