Expert explains security weakness

Expert explains security weakness

Companies' IT security weaknesses have begun to show. In this age of intense and persistent hacking, it would be hard to keep them secret. Security dealer president Mark Hatton recently wrote for the Boston Globe about the reasons that certain companies lag behind their peers in the network protection stakes. He named misconceptions up and down the corporate ladder as the leading culprits of the problem.

False assumptions
Hatton noted that companies often believe they are succeeding in keeping their assets secure. He stated that firms that have not yet felt the sting of a major breach often have no idea whether their defenses are adequate and assume they can continue as they have been doing and stay unharmed. He also noted that such firms often do not have a c-level executive in charge of security, meaning protection systems lack an important corporate advocate. Any issues that do arise may never reach the ears of management.

These factors could lead to trouble. Hatton explained that companies often have no idea what they need to do to ensure data security until it is too late, unable as they are to see the big picture of the threat landscape and produce an appropriately sweeping solution to the problem. He also noted that the cloud has made the IT environment more complex and tough to monitor. Whether through internal means or managed security services, bringing the environment back under control is vital for IT leaders.

Building awareness
Sensing that a lack of knowledge could be a persistent security field problem, the National Cyber Security Alliance launched National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To christen the ninth annual occurrence of the event, the NCSA released the results of a survey that found Americans both incredibly dependent on the internet and concerned about their security prospects.