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GLOBAL INFORMATION SECURITY SURVEY

Source: Ernst & Young

Posted on January 31, 2012

This survey has run annually for the past 14 years in order to help businesses focus on the most critical risks, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and improve their information security.

Approximately 1,700 CIOs, CISOs, CFOs, CEOs and other information security executives in 52 countries, across all industry sectors, responded to this year's survey.

Key findings:

• 72% of respondents see an increasing level of risk due to increased external threats.

• 49% of respondents stated that their information security function is meeting the needs of the organization.

• 80% of respondents are either planning, evaluating or actually using tablet computers.

• 57% of respondents have made policy adjustments to mitigate the risks related to mobile computing.

• 61% of respondents are currently using, evaluating or planning to use cloud computing-based services within the next year.

• Almost 90% of respondents believe that external certification would increase their trust in cloud computing.

• Nearly 40% of respondents rated social media-related risks issues as challenging.

• 53% of respondents have implemented limited or no access to social media sites as a control to mitigate risks related to social media.

• 66% of respondents have not implemented data loss prevention tools.

• 74% of respondents have defined a policy for the classification and handling of sensitive data as a control for data leakage risk.

• For the second consecutive year, respondents have indicated that business continuity is their top funding priority.

• 56% of respondents indicated that their current information security strategy needs to be modified or needs further investigation.

• 31% of respondents indicated that their organization has recently purchased information security solutions that are perceived as having failed or under-delivered.

• 84% of respondents indicated that they have an IT risk management program in place or are considering one within the coming 12 months.




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