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Survey on Behalf of Websense Discloses Opinion Regarding Corporate Security

Websense Inc., an international company leading in data-theft safeguard and content security, recently assigned Dynamic Markets an independent research company to conduct a poll on 1,000 non-IT employees and IT managers each, within Australia, Canada, USA and UK, regarding the most recent attacks targeting personal as well as corporate security, including today's APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) and other malware.

The poll captioned "Security Pros & Cons: Canadian IT professionals on Confidence, Confidential Data and Today's Cyber-cons" was conducted for solving queries like in what way IT-managers were tackling modern, rapidly-shifting threat landscape; was there adequate safeguard for them from the latest trojans for data-theft; as also would employees inform the managers incase corporate data was compromised.

Consequently, it emerged from the poll that merely 2 persons out of every 100 posted secret details onto social-networking websites; however, 23% of IT-managers confirmed such activities happening. Further one employee out of a total 100 had allowed malicious content onto their organizations' network-of-computers; however, 32% of IT-managers had observed such a thing happen. Moreover, the situation became even bad, incase employees did inadvertently cause data-compromise at their organizations with say 30% not informing the higher authorities.

Interestingly, 81% of IT-managers in Canada were sure that their safeguard methods secured their organizations vis-à-vis current malware. The statement was remarkably bold, given that during the past twelve months, security vendors observed an unprecedented high number of data-hacks. While 61% were anxious regarding APTs, 21% had been actually victimized.

Yet merely 49% of respondents safeguarded themselves from letting corporate confidential data getting posted online, the survey disclosed.

Remarking about these discoveries, Country Manager Fiaaz Walji for Websense Canada stated that the poll demonstrated the importance of companies re-examining their assumptions regarding the extent to which their data was safeguarded. And since APTs were utilizing attack techniques and tools, which anti-viruses couldn't address, as also were developed and tested particularly for evading the security programs, organizations required one strong security layer, which could most effectively safeguard them against current malicious programs as also maintain the confidential data on their systems protected, he reasoned. Hrreporter.com published this on November 21, 2011.

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