Half of Aussie IT managers report weekly cyber breaches: Centrify

Half of Australia’s IT managers report cyber breaches on a weekly basis according to a report released by security software integrator, Centrify.

The company commissioned the survey of more than 100 IT attendees at last month’s AusCERT event to evaluate the frequency of breaches on organisations that don’t make front page headlines. The survey reports that 46 per cent of IT managers believe their organisations had experienced an attempted security breach in the previous seven days. A considerable 13 per cent of respondents believed that such an attack had occurred in the previous 60 seconds.

The firm said 56 per cent of respondents nominated security as the biggest concern for the next year, closely followed by Cloud computing at 55 per cent. The third most pressing concern was mobile applications and management at 21 per cent. The Australian findings are said to tally with the results of Centrify research undertaken in the US and the UK where security is also a leading concern. Centrify senior director APAC sales, Niall King, said the survey findings reinforced what customers were telling the company.

“The combination of Cloud computing and mobile access is creating incredible security headaches for organisations globally,” he said. “Because Australia is an early adopter of technology, our IT managers are already feeling the stress of defending against the vulnerabilities created by this convergence of mobility and ubiquitous access.” The survey also showed that 83 per cent of respondents are as concerned or more concerned about security breaches at their organisations than they were 12 months ago. Only five per cent were less concerned. King said the challenge is that today’s corporate perimeter has nothing to do with physical headquarters and contains data that resides in the Cloud and on the numerous devices employees and contractors use in the field. “As employees reach for the Cloud or their mobiles to get jobs done, it opens up greater security vulnerabilities,” he said.

“As a result, there is greater need than ever for unified identity security across multiple devices and platforms. It’s our hope that this survey helps convince IT decision makers to take steps now to enhance identity management before hackers find holes and exploit them.”