By William Jackson
An evaluation of more than 100,000 endpoint devices at private-sector
enterprises showed that significant numbers were missing essential
software such as antivirus or security patches and were using
unauthorized applications such as file sharing and remote control
Network management company Promisec Inc., of New York, scanned client
endpoints with its Spectator tool in the first six months of this year.
"Despite millions of dollars invested in security technology and
millions more in personnel costs, we did not find a single company that
had a completely clean bill of health from a risk and security
perspective," said Alan Komet, vice president of worldwide marketing at
"One of the most alarming findings of the audit was how rapidly these
internal security threats have increased over the past year," the
company's report states. "Compared to a similar study conducted in 2007,
Promisec found that in the first half of 2008 the percentage of infected
computers with unauthorized remote control software had increased by
more than 200-fold, those without a working antivirus program had
increased 12-fold and the number with unauthorized storage had increased
tenfold. Other threats had increased by anywhere from two to eight times
as many when compared to the previous year."
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