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Employee-empowering technologies raise security stakes for organizations: CompTIA

Cloud computing, mobility, social tools and other technologies that put more power in the hands of individual users pose new challenges for organizations seeking to secure data, devices and networks, new research released this week by CompTIA,...


November 14, 2012  


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Cloud computing, mobility, social tools and other technologies that put more power in the hands of individual users pose new challenges for organizations seeking to secure data, devices and networks, new research released this week by CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, reveals.

The majority of companies in CompTIA’s 10th Annual Information Security Trends study attribute human error as a contributing cause of security breaches, just as they have in the previous nine years of the study. What is changing; however, is that the human element is no longer confined to malware, phishing and viruses.

“Cloud computing options force end users to consider how data is handled outside of their organization,” it said in a release. “Unauthorized mobile applications and mobile malware strains are becoming more prevalent. Social networking is a growing factor affecting organizational security.”

Four out of five companies expect to keep security as a high priority over the next two years, with large companies more likely to do so than their small and medium counterparts.

“As users gain more responsibility for their own technology, the human element becomes more and more important, but many organizations are not sure what to do about it,” said Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, CompTIA.

“The way they’ve thought about security in the past is to purchase a firewall or antivirus software or other product. But there’s not a product that can help with end-user awareness. It really requires a commitment to training and education.”