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Despite Hype, Security Pros Not Panicked About External Threats




Despite Hype, Security Pros Not Panicked About External Threats
Despite Hype, Security Pros Not Panicked About External Threats



http://www.darkreading.com/insiderthreat/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216401823 

By Tim Wilson
DarkReading
March 30, 2009

Despite the hoopla surrounding the growth of Conficker and other 
malware, most security managers aren't lying awake worrying about 
external attacks on their systems, according to a report published today 
by Dark Reading and InformationWeek Analytics.

The study, called "What Keeps IT Security Pros Awake At Night," offers 
insight about the attitudes, plans, and concerns of security 
professionals in a wide variety of industries.

As we reported in our data "sneak peek" earlier this month, the survey 
shows a marked shift in focus from external threats to internal threats, 
particularly those in which well-meaning employees unintentionally 
expose sensitive data. The study indicates that a majority of security 
professionals now see internal leaks as the greatest threat to their 
organizations.

Interestingly, despite many reports that indicate malware, such as 
Conficker and other exploits, are growing at record rates, most security 
pros are not panicked about the external threat. In fact, attacks from 
the outside are generally viewed to be much less likely than insider 
attacks.

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