From Interop: Survey shows 40 percent of organizations experienced a breach last year

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A survey conducted today at Interop New York 2006 found that 40 percent of those polled worked for organizations that experienced at least one security breach within the past 12 months.

A survey conducted today at Interop New York 2006 found that 40 percent of those polled worked for organizations that experienced at least one security breach within the past 12 months.

Commissioned by Symantec, the survey questioned 350 IT managers and administrators attending the conference about their endpoint security strategies surrounding teleworkers. The results showed that 70 percent of the respondents had security policies for teleworking, and 65 percent said they are capable of enforcing security settings on laptops and other devices outside the corporate environment.

However, only 40 percent have a network access control product that can detect a new device connecting to the network and determine whether it complies with a defined security policy.

Managers answered questions about their key concerns regarding their mobile workers. One of the biggest concerns was over teleworkers connecting from an unmanaged endpoint, a worry that 36 percent ranked at the top of their list.

Another 32 percent said their top fear involved infected endpoints connecting to the internal network. And 32 percent said that ensuring that all remote endpoints are up-to-date with patches and compliant with regulations was their key concern.

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