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Preventing data loss is the topmost security priority: survey

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 14, 2013
SolarWinds survey also finds that complex security tools are a major obstacle to securing IT

The topmost security priority for security professionals is preventing data loss. This is according to a survey by SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software.

SolarWinds today released the results of a survey on IT security and compliance and it comprised over 160 IT professionals.

According to the survey, 86 percent of IT pros that specialise in areas other than security said they are responsible for securing IT. Forty-nine percent of respondents spend 40 percent or more of their time on IT security and compliance, while only seven percent of IT pros consider security their full-time job.

The survey results revealed that the top five security and compliance responsibilities are managing networks; security infrastructure - firewalls, IDS/IPS, endpoint; servers; data exchange - email, file transfer, websites; and (a tie) desktops and mobile devices.

For those in charge of security, the top three IT security and compliance concerns are data loss, external threats, and cloud security and privacy and the number one security priority is preventing data loss.

Interestingly, nearly all respondents cited complexity of security tools as the No. 1 reason they felt their organisation is not able to respond effectively to security challenges.

"SolarWinds research shows that what works for security among large enterprises does not translate to the entire market," said Jim Hurley, President of Wellington Research. "Usability and effectiveness are critical factors no matter what size an organisation."


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