Boca Raton, Florida – (The Hosting News) – October 31, 2005 – A recently conducted survey of 360 enterprise
IT security professionals reflects a disturbing trend: one in four enterprises
acknowledged they have been victims of intrusions to their office networks and
office servers in the last two years.
The survey also revealed that
more than 40% of the companies with
20,000 or more employees had been the victims of a successful intrusion.
Steve Birnkrant, CEO of Amplitude Research commented on the findings, ”Despite the high percentage of successful intrusions, the responses also indicate a strong resolve by IT security decision makers to tackle challenges to the security of their enterprise computers, servers and networks. Enterprises – small, medium, and large – are responding to vulnerabilities by locking down office machines, networks, and servers through the use of firewalls, scanners, detection systems, or other security measures. Overall, more than 50% of the respondents indicate security monitoring of their office servers using scripts running across all machines on an automated, scheduled basis.”
The following provides a snapshot of the tactics that various-sized enterprises are employing to meet the challenge of intrusions to office computers or office networks.
How enterprises are meeting the challenge of security intrusions:
92.26% installed a network firewall
53.56% use a network analyzer (e.g., Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
53.25% turn off nonsecure protocols like Telnet or FTP
51.70% installed an intrusion detection system
50.77% installed a user-based firewall
42.11% implemented WiFi security (WEP, WAP, proprietary like 3Com)
39.63% set up a DMZ
37.77% use a port scanner to locate out-of-policy services on the network
3.72% stated “other”
Jeff P. VanDyke, President of VanDyke Software, which provides a number of solutions to enterprises for data protection and commissioned the Amplitude Research survey explained, ”In the final quarter of 2005, it is somewhat surprising that only slightly more than half of enterprises indicated they have turned off nonsecure protocols like Telnet or FTP. It is an important step to decreasing intrusion vulnerability and yet the number of enterprises that actually do so is far from being an ‘overwhelming majority’.”
An executive summary of the findings of the Amplitude Research survey commissioned by VanDyke Software reveal other statistics on matters such as how enterprises lock down individual computers, office networks, and office servers; how frequently these methods are used; and the methods of deploying Windows updates and patches.
To obtain an executive summary of the survey results along with a full report, contact Krems Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about
Amplitude Research, please visit: www.amplituderesearch.com.