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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:57

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Weekly attempts on breaching data security seem to be commonplace amongst Australian organisations, with IT managers believing they are subject to attempted breaches every week.

Almost half of the Australian IT managers – or 46% - surveyed by identity management security provider Centrify said they believed their organisations had experienced an attempted security breach in the previous seven days.

And, one in eight (13%) of the IT managers believe that an attack had occurred in the previous 60 seconds.

Reflecting this concern, a majority of IT managers (56%) nominate security as their biggest concern for the next year, closely followed by cloud computing (55%) – while for a third of the managers the most pressing concern was mobile applications and management (21%).

The research compared the security experiences of IT managers in the US, UK and Australia and, according to Centrify, while major breaches at iconic brands like Sony and Office of Personnel Management in the US make headlines, it commissioned the country comparison survey to evaluate the frequency of breaches on organisations that do not make the front page.

Centrify says the Australian findings tally with the results of the 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 (taken at last month’s AusCERT event) reinforced what customers were telling Centrify. “The combination of cloud computing and mobile access is creating incredible security headaches for organisations globally.”

“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,” King said.

“At Centrify, we believe that identity is the new perimeter. The good news is that with the right tools in place, you can protect your organisation against unrelenting attacks.”

“A clear finding from the survey is that most IT managers (83%) are as concerned or more concerned about security breaches at their organisations than they were 12 months ago. Only 5% are less concerned.”

King said Centrify was committed to providing organisations with the tools they needed to secure an evolving corporate perimeter. “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 their jobs done, it opens up greater security vulnerabilities. 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.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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