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November 23, 2012

Nearly 50% of firms worldwide unaware of cyber threats: Survey

Major problem has been deficiency of clear understanding among senior managers of the reasons of the existence of IT departments

By CBR Staff Writer

Nearly 50% of the firms worldwide are not aware of the prevalent cyber threats, according to a new survey conducted by B2B International for Kaspersky Lab.

The survey revealed there is an overall lack of awareness about IT security threats which the worldwide firms may face, even in developed countries including the US, resulting in lack of resources allocation for obtaining applicable knowledge into IT security systems and into ITdepartment staffing.

According to the surveyed IT professionals, major problem has been the lack of clear understanding among senior managers about the role of IT departments.

The other problem, which was cited by 35% of those surveyed, responsible for lack of knowledge regarding cyber threats is deficient numbers of trained personnel to deal with threats related to IT.

About 31% of the surveyed revealed that they never heard of any of the cyber outbreaks that have admitted direct threats to their businesses.

Kaspersky Lab CEO and Co-founder Eugene Kaspersky said firms shouldn’t undervalue global cyber threats.

"This issue has started to be taken seriously of late, and businesses have begun to worry, leading to increases in the number of IT staff working specifically in IT security (now about 40% of IT staff in companies all around the world)," Kaspersky said.

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"However, IT security staff are not always sufficiently trained and competent to protect businesses from the most pertinent threats. "

The low level of computer knowledge among staffs also increases risk of threats that could lead to secret information leaks, and to the infection or damage of the firm’s IT infrastructure.

"Increasing the level of computer literacy among staff is an essential element of security, while senior management needs to be fully aware of the potential consequences of cyber threats, and understand that reliable protection of the corporate network is vital in ensuring the effective development of a company’s IT infrastructure," Kaspersky said.

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