Network security fears are on the rise, CompTIA finds

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When companies lose sensitive information these days, it tends to be mostly financial data and employee records, according to the Ninth Annual Information Security Trends Study from CompTIA. Confirming what you all already knew, as employees connect to the network using more devices, the potential for data loss increases.

Mobility--along with cloud computing, social media and big data--is making data far more accessible and consequently improving productivity, but at the same time it is contributing to growing data security challenges, CompTIA found in a survey of 500 IT and business executives. One-fifth of the executive said they have experienced a breach of sensitive data over the past 12 months.

For more than half of the executives, hacking has become a more critical threat than it was two years ago. Distributed denial of service attacks, advanced persistent threats and other malicious hacking activity are of greater concern than malware. More than half of those surveyed also saw human error as a greater factor in network security than it was two years ago.

More organizations reported that they had been involved in a security incident in this study than in the previous study. In 2010, 49 percent of the organizations ranked security as a high priority, while 70 percent do this year. The good news is that 80 percent of the executives polled anticipated larger information security budgets, although 40 percent said that hiring IT security pros remains challenging.

For more:
- see the CompTIA blog post

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