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A third of businesses found to be vulnerable to IT threats

Kaspersky Lab UK : 05 November, 2012  (Technical Article)
Failing to implement even the most basic anti-malware systems, up to a third of businesses leave themselves extremely vulnerable to cyber-attack
A third of businesses found to be vulnerable to IT threats

One in three businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable by failing to implement anti-malware software throughout their organisation. Research from B2B International on behalf of Kaspersky Lab, has revealed that these businesses only introduce protection measures for key nodes of the corporate network, leaving a large part of their corporate infrastructure open to attack.

The study, which investigated other forms of internet security protections used within the businesses, also found that the second most popular security measure was patch management, with 62 per cent of companies using this to identify and update of potentially vulnerable applications.

The third most frequent protection measure was IT infrastructure improvements which are designed to enhance corporate data security. These measures include giving different groups of users varying levels of access to resources, or structuring the corporate network so that key servers and workstations are isolated. Measures of this kind help protect critical corporate infrastructure objects against infection in the event of a successful attack by cybercriminals against network nodes or workstations with lower priority.

44 per cent were found to use encryption of critical information as a key security measure – rising 7 per cent from 2011. This is used to combat the theft or leakage of the most important corporate information.

Businesses need an advanced protection system to keep their entire infrastructure safe from cyber attacks. An advanced solution, such as Kaspersky Open Space Security goes beyond anti-malware protection, providing a whitelisting database, device, application and web control functionality and the right tools to learn about, manage and gently control all employee activities.

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