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Misunderstanding threatens cyber security: report

Half of GCC senior IT professionals concerned about security ignorance, says Kaspersky

Misunderstanding threatens cyber security: report
The main problem for IT professionals is inability to make their management understand how important security is.

Cyber-threats are currently regarded as the second most dangerous risk by the majority of businesses, but companies need to invest more money to protect their business from IT threats, according to a recent survey conducted by B2B International for Kaspersky Lab.

"Research shows that cyber-security threats are becoming more diverse and frequent, and pose greater dangers than ever for businesses worldwide," Kaspersky said.

According to half of those surveyed, cybercrime in its various forms is the second biggest threat to business. Their companies most often face malware, spam and unauthorised attempts to penetrate the system. What is more important, argues Kaspersky, is that in future, businesses surveyed anticipate these threats growing yet further in significance - over the next two years surpassing even the fear of economic problems.

"A typical modern business is based on an infrastructure of thousands of devices; including not just desktops but also employees' own gadgets, corporate smartphones and laptops," said Alexander Erofeev, chief marketing officer of Kaspersky Lab.  

"Corporate culture is rapidly changing, with employees becoming increasingly active in social networking and using Web resources as a means of exchanging corporate information. This offers enhanced flexibility, but also makes networks more vulnerable to cybercrime. We are concentrating on developing effective and easily managed security solutions that meet the requirements of this new age."

According to the survey results, IT professionals are well aware of the dangers of cybercrime. But only 52% of respondents in the GCC region in 2012 feel that they are more or less prepared for them. According to the survey, the main problem is money-related: 39% of respondents indicated budget constraints and 51% cited a significant degree of misunderstanding of IT security issues among those in charge of the purse strings, which is a significantly higher figure in comparison with the rest of the world. Thus, it turns out that the main problem for IT professionals is their inability to make their management understand just how important corporate protection against cyber-threats is.

The Global IT Security Risks survey, which was carried out in July 2012, explored the opinions of IT security professionals all over the world about what they considered to be the major issues in their sphere. As part of the survey, 3,300 senior IT professionals from 22 countries across the globe shared their views. All the respondents are actively involved in their companies' decision-making processes, including IT security-related topics.

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