While major breaches at iconic brands like Sony and Office of Personnel Management in the US make headlines, Centrify, the leader in securing identities from cyber threats, commissioned the survey to evaluate the frequency of breaches on organisations that do not make the front page.
Results show not only that corporations are vulnerable to attack, they validate Centrify’s hypothesis that protecting identity is at the heart of protecting data.
The survey reports that 46 per cent of IT managers believe their organisations had experienced an attempted security breach in the previous seven days. Incredibly, 13 per cent — one in eight — believed that such an attack had occurred in the previous 60 seconds.
Reflecting this concern, a majority of these IT managers (56 per cent) nominate security as their biggest concern for the next year, closely followed by cloud computing (55 per cent). The third most pressing concern was mobile applications and management (21 per cent).
The survey of more than 100 IT attendees at last month’s AusCERT event aimed to find out if corporations are as secure as they need to be. These Australian findings tally with the results of Centrify research undertaken in the US and the UK where security is also a leading concern. Centrify has a well-established presence in Australia and New Zealand, with clients ranging from small businesses to large corporations and government agencies.
Centrify Senior Director APAC Sales Niall King said the survey findings reinforced what customers were telling Centrify. “The combination of cloud computing and mobile access is creating incredible security headaches for organisations globally.”
“Because Australia is an early adopter of technology, our IT managers are already feeling the stress of defending against the vulnerabilities created by this convergence of mobility and ubiquitous access.”
“At Centrify, we believe that identity is the new perimeter. The good news is that with the right tools in place, you can protect your organisation against unrelenting attacks,” he continued.
A clear finding from the survey is that most IT managers (83 per cent) are as concerned or more concerned about security breaches at their organisations than they were 12 months ago. Only five per cent are less concerned.
Mr. King said Centrify was committed to providing organisations with the tools they needed to secure an evolving corporate perimeter. “The challenge is that today’s corporate perimeter has nothing to do with physical headquarters and contains data that resides in the cloud and on the numerous devices employees and contractors use in the field,” he said.
“As employees reach for the cloud or their mobiles to get their jobs done, it opens up greater security vulnerabilities. As a result, there is greater need than ever for unified identity security across multiple devices and platforms. It’s our hope that this survey helps convince IT decision makers to take steps now to enhance identity management before hackers find holes and exploit them.”
About Centrify Centrify strengthens enterprise security by managing and securing identities from cyber threats. As organisations expand IT resources and teams beyond their premises, identity is becoming the new security perimeter. With our platform of integrated software and cloud-based services, Centrify uniquely secures and unifies identity for both privileged and end users across today’s hybrid IT world of cloud, mobile and data centre. The result is stronger security and compliance, improved business agility and enhanced user productivity through single sign-on. More than 5000 customers, including half of the Fortune 50 and more than 80 Federal agencies in the US, leverage Centrify to secure identities. Learn more at www.centrify.com.