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One in five IT pros don't believe in security

Survey shows one fifth think IT security is an unnecessary expense done just to keep auditors happy

One in five IT pros don't believe in security
The survey showed that despite increased risk, many organisations regard IT security as an IT issue or not relevant at all.

One in five IT professionals believe that IT security is an unnecessary expense, according to a survey conducted by SAP security consultancy Turnkey Consulting.

The survey found that 17.5% of those surveyed thought that IT security was an unnecessary expense only undertaken to keep auditors happy. This proportion had increased from 12.2% since the last time the study was conducted in 2012. Only 37.5% believe that it was essential business practice that can deliver ROI.

Forty percent of survey respondents also said that security was regarded solely as an IT issue within their organisation, while 57.5% saw security as everyone's responsibility.

The poor perception of IT security was in spite of over two-thirds of respondents (71.8%) saying that their organisation faced increased risks from external threats.

The survey, ‘A Risk Perspective on 2014' also found that 38.2% of respondents had experienced a fraud incident in 2013, up from 31.3% in 2012.  In addition, in the past year, 30% had experienced a data loss that affected business operations, up from 17.1% in 2012.

"Corporate SAP systems are accessed from an increasing number of touchpoints, both inside and outside the organisation as employees adopt mobile working, and enterprises look to enhance third party relationships with suppliers and customers," said Richard Hunt, managing director of Turnkey Consulting. "Although this streamlines business processes, it increases the risk to the enterprise, as reflected by the key findings of this year's survey. An end-to-end approach to security is required to fully secure the organisation's systems and data, so it is concerning to see that IT security is still not perceived to be an integral part of the business."

The survey was conducted between November 2013 and March 2014, and sampled 55 SAP software users involved in security and controls activities.

The study also found that organisations will increase security spending in parallel with investment in new technologies or strategies. Thirty-nine percent of organisations planning to invest in big data projects said they would invest in additional security; 48.7% would increase security investment while investing in mobile solutions and 40% of those who will invest in cloud will also increase security spending. In addition, 67.5% of those surveyed were making plans for additional security around outsourcing.

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