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71% of IT decision makers concern over insufficient wireless protection,

ITRealms:
The new survey from Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, reveals that insufficient wireless security is a concern for 71 per cent of the Information Technology Decision Makers (ITDMs) reports ITRealms.

The report added that the aforementioned outcome was discovered, as it was hardly surprising given that 29 per cent of the enterprise wireless networks put in place for internal employees, do not have the basic security function of authentication in place.

A significant 16 per cent and 21 per cent of enterprises respectively, overlook firewall and anti-virus security functions when it comes to wireless strategies. Other security measures deemed critical to core infrastructure protection, such as IPS (deployed by 39 per cent), application control (35 per cent) and URL filtering (41 per cent), play a part in even fewer wireless deployments.

When considering the future direction of their wireless security strategies, 56 per cent of ITDMs said they would maintain focus on the most common security features – firewall and authentication while demand for more security is emerging with 22 per cent prioritizing complementary technologies – IPS, anti-virus, application control and URL filtering – to guard against the full extent of the threat landscape.

Other survey highlights include:

•    South African ITDMs said the biggest risk to their organisations of operating an unsecured wireless network is the loss of sensitive corporate and/or customer data, with 69 per cent citing this as a concern against 48 per cent of global respondents.

The next highest risk, service interruption, was cited by 16 per cent of ITDMs, followed by industrial espionage (7 per cent), non-compliance to industry regulations (5 per cent) and damage to corporate reputation (4 per cent).


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