IT pros, corporate board don't speak same security language

One-third of IT pros 'turn a blind eye' to security vulnerabilities because of lack of time, resources

IT pros and corporate board members do not speak the same language when it comes to security, which means that security does not get the resources it needs, according to a survey of 350 IT pros in the United Kingdom conducted by OnePoll on behalf of network security firm RedSeal Networks.

A full 60 percent of respondents say they are not sure IT pros and board members understand each other when it comes to security. As a result, IT pros do not get the IT security budgets they need, forcing one-third of IT pros "to turn a blind eye to critical security vulnerabilities because they just do not have the time or tools to sort them out," according to a report based on the survey results.

A majority of respondents say that they can't or don't know if they can assure their board that their company is secure. In addition, a majority could not provide their board with key performance indicators showing the level of success security investment is having in keeping their networks safe from hackers.

Around 57 percent of respondents say they are not sure if they have sufficient visibility into their networks, leaving them "blindfolded" when it comes to preventing attacks.

Of course RedSeal, which provides firms with network infrastructure security management products, has an financial interest in underscoring network visibility and security shortcomings. But the survey results highlight a problem reflected in other studies that IT pros have trouble making the business case for security in a way that convinces C-level execs to spend more money on security. This results in inadequate resources being allocated to network security, putting firms and their customers at risk.

For more:
- read the RedSeal report

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