Employees Perceived as Greatest Security Threat

When it comes to the enterprise computing environment, the majority of security experts surveyed by PacketMotion named employees as the greatest security threat. Not surprisingly, privileged administrators were voted the second-greatest threat overall, but government agencies are more worried about security issues associated with third parties and contractors.

The PacketMotion Black Hat survey asked 100 security experts in five markets — enterprise, government, non-profit, security, and other — about the most serious threats and challenges they see in the areas of security and compliance.

The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) was named the biggest regulatory challenge overall. National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) standards were voted the second biggest challenge overall, with government respondents ranking it first.

While it can be difficult to achieve security, survey participants generally agreed  that achieving compliance is equally tough. Those in the government and non-profit sectors, however, ranked security as being more difficult to achieve.

But one security issue above all others worried respondents: 62 percent believe that foreign, government- backed spies could infiltrate their organization, breach their security measures and steal corporate information. The great majority of security experts placed the China/Asia region at the top of the list of likely suspects. Interestingly, only respondents in the security industry ranked Russia/Eastern Europe as equal with China/Asia in terms of the threat they pose.

More information: www.packetmotion.com.

When it comes to the enterprise computing environment, the majority of security experts surveyed by PacketMotion named employees as the greatest security threat. Not surprisingly, privileged administrators were voted the second-greatest threat overall, but government agencies are more worried about security issues associated with third parties and contractors.

The PacketMotion Black Hat survey asked 100 security experts in five markets — enterprise, government, non-profit, security, and other — about the most serious threats and challenges they see in the areas of security and compliance.

The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) was named the biggest regulatory challenge overall. National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) standards were voted the second biggest challenge overall, with government respondents ranking it first.

While it can be difficult to achieve security, survey participants generally agreed  that achieving compliance is equally tough. Those in the government and non-profit sectors, however, ranked security as being more difficult to achieve.

But one security issue above all others worried respondents: 62 percent believe that foreign, government- backed spies could infiltrate their organization, breach their security measures and steal corporate information. The great majority of security experts placed the China/Asia region at the top of the list of likely suspects. Interestingly, only respondents in the security industry ranked Russia/Eastern Europe as equal with China/Asia in terms of the threat they pose.

More information: www.packetmotion.com.

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