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Data loss seen as inevitable, as employees fail to follow IT rules

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Almost three-quarters of IT security professionals believe their organisations will suffer a data breach in next six months.

According to a survey of 250 professionals, 73.3 per cent of respondents would not bet against their company suffering a data breach in the next six months. The survey also found that 81.4 per cent of IT personnel think that staff tend to ignore the rules that IT departments put in place, while 75.8 per cent think that employees in their organisation have access to information that they do not necessarily need to perform their jobs.

Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, said: “These figures highlight the fact that many IT security professionals recognise that their organisations are woefully unprotected against cyber attacks.

“For example, this survey revealed the unfortunate fact that 32 per cent of IT groups are still not changing default passwords when deploying new systems. This simply must be a standard practice in any size organisation. Default privileged passwords are, in the truest sense, open backdoors into systems that are deployed on production networks.

“Most default passwords are publicly known and easily found online, meaning that anyone with malicious intent can use these default credentials as a foothold to gain anonymous access to systems and applications throughout the network.

“IT departments that do not have a solution in place to automatically detect, flag and change default privileged passwords on newly deployed systems are neglecting a very dangerous security hole.”

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