People are the biggest security threat

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People are the biggest security threat

The fourth annual Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) study reveals that reliance on technology alone will not stamp out computer crime. In fact people are the biggest security threat causing nearly 3 in 5 of incidents and the situation has significantly worsened from last year, when people were responsible for 47% of breaches.

“As we get better from a technology standpoint, many organisations seem to believe that solutions alone are sufficient to turn back all attacks, and a level of complacency may be setting in,” says Brian McCarthy, chief operating officer at CompTIA.

Despite the bulging armoury of anti-virus, intrusion detection systems, disaster recovery plans and other security measures, most firms tend to overlook staff training. Just 29% of the 574 companies surveyed have compulsory staff security training and only 36% implement security awareness training.

Roughly 4 in 10 of the firms have suffered attacks in the last year. Worms and viruses are the chief security critters, but poor user awareness and remote access are also big causes of problems.

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