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Deloitte survey reveals holes in corporate IT security management.

WorkLight : 15 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
Poor incident management and badly defined IT security strategies pose significant risk for businesses, according to Worklight.
WorkLight, the Web 2.0 security specialist, has commented on the findings of the Deloitte 2007 consumer business security survey, which was published earlier this month.

'The key findings of the survey make for some very interesting reading. For example, whilst 93 per cent of the firms surveyed have a named manager with IT security responsibilities, 80 per cent of consumer businesses do not have a defined information security strategy,' said David Lavenda, WorkLight's vice president of marketing and product strategy.

'On top of this, 53 per cent of firms have no security incident management systems in place,' he added.

According to Lavenda, as consumer technologies such as social networks, RSS and personalized homepages make their way to the workplace, adequate security measures must be put in place. As the workplace becomes more open and collaborative, corporate assets must be safeguarded through a unique toolbox that takes into account emerging vulnerabilities.

This is particularly important, Lavenda added, as many firms rely on 3rd parties for security management - 80 per cent of survey respondents outsource some or all of their security activities, while 64 per cent fail to carry out checks before engaging with the companies concerned.

Lavenda went on to say that, at WorkLight, the company prides itself on offering a secure Web 2.0 experience for employees, whether they access information from enterprise systems or use social networking services like Facebook.

'As 2008 progresses, I think you will see increased interest in security issues such as Web 2.0 security and corporate governance, as the provisions of the Companies Act 2006 are phased in,' he said.
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