2012 Strategic Security Survey

Posted by on May 7, 2012

More than 945 IT and security professionals responded to InformationWeek’s 2012 Strategic Security Survey. This year’s results covers the gamut when it comes to security — from cloud and mobility to risk management and software development.

The study includes data on:

  • Biggest IT Security Challenges
  • Security Breaches Over Past Year
  • Most Effective Security Practices
  • Top Security Threats
  • Security Spending

On the mobile device front, a full quarter of respondents say smartphones and tablets represent a significant threat to security.

It’s clear from the survey that organizations take cloud security much more seriously than in the past. The percentage of respondents who conduct their own risk assessments of cloud providers jumped to 29% this year, from 18% in 2011. Even better news is that the percentage of companies that don’t bother with a risk assessment dropped by almost half compared to 2011.

The report drills into data on secure software development as well. This is an important component of a risk management practice because flaws and defects in software can be exploited by attackers. InformationWeek’s recommendation is for organizations to invest in a secure software development life cycle. Only a third of our 946 respondents do so. That’s a number that needs to grow. For those that do use a secure SDLC, 33% rate it to be very effective.

This year’s report also delves into why IT decision makers should pay more attention to access controls, the importance of user education, the benefits of collecting and analyzing security metrics, and the usefulness (or lack thereof) of cyber-breach insurance.

Read this year’s report to get inside the minds of more than 945 IT and security decision makers.  Download the full report today.

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