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September 28, 2012

Cyber threat is the second biggest threat to businesses: survey

Cyber threat could be bigger than the fear of economic problems over the next two years

By CBR Staff Writer

According to a survey conducted by B2B International for Russia based security firm Kaspersky Lab, about half of businesses say that cybercrime in its various forms is the second biggest threat to businesses.

According to the survey, ‘The Global IT Security Risks’, conducted in July 2012, sought opinion of IT security professionals all over the world, found that their companies often face malware, spam and unauthorised attempts to penetrate the system.

Those surveyed have expressed concern about these threats saying that the problem is growing and over the next two years it could be even bigger than the fear of economic problems.

Among those IT professionals surveyed, only 59% of respondents feet that they are more or less prepared for the cyber threats, though they are aware of the dangers of cybercrime.

The survey found that the main constraints for the lack of preparedness include budgetary concerns, misunderstanding about the IT security.

According to the survey, 44% of respondents indicated budget constraints for their lack of preparedness and 37% cited a significant degree of misunderstanding of IT security issues among those who decide the budget for the company.

The survey found that the main problem for IT professionals is their inability to convince the management understand about the gravity of corporate protection against cyber-threats.

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Kaspersky Lab chief marketing officer Alexander a typical modern business is based on an infrastructure of thousands of devices, including not just desktops but also employees’ own gadgets, corporate smartphones and laptops.

"Corporate culture is rapidly changing, with employees becoming increasingly active in social networking and using web resources as a means of exchanging corporate information," Erofeev said.

"This offers enhanced flexibility, but also makes networks more vulnerable to cybercrime."

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