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To call them ‘clueless’ might be too harsh, but almost one third of IT professionals were uninformed about some of the hardest hitting cyber security threats making the rounds in 2012. This despite the fact that many of those same professionals say that security is one of their top priorities. That’s the results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky called Global IT Security Risks: 2012 and reported by Joan Goodchild in CSO Security and Risk.
SpyEye, Zeus and Duqu are three cyberthreats that inflicted serious damages on businesses, but as many as 31 percent of IT workers had not heard of any of them. And of those IT professionals that were aware of these exploits, half considered them dangerous to their business. 50 percent of companies are not aware of the prevalant cyber threats. Interestingly, these numbers conflict directly with stated priorities. 31 percent of IT members say that preventing security breaches is their number one concern, followed by data protection at 27 percent, and maximization of IT infrastructure ROI at 23 percent.
The Kaspersky study suggests that a lack of solid training in security is at the heart of the problem. 44 percent of the organization say that they have very limited budgets, typically resulting in little if any training for their IT staff. The report said that ”Increasing the level of computer literacy among staff is an essential element of security, while senior management needs to be fully aware of the potential consequences of cyber threats, and understand that reliable protection of the corporate network is vital in ensuring the effective development of a company’s IT infrastructure.”