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Developers pressured to release projects that aren’t fully secure

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February 10, 2016

According to an international survey, despite a large increase in the number of data security breaches in 2015, developers and system integrators say that they continue to be pressured by business executives to release projects that aren’t fully secure.

The report reveals that about 77.2 percent of respondents in five countries, and 71 percent of Canadians felt either frequent or periodic pressure to roll out IT projects that weren’t ready in terms of security.

The good news to this is that the majority agreed it was once or twice rather than frequently. But if a nasty security flaw slips by even occasionally, that could be once too many.

“One of the big things the IT industry in general needs to increase is the overall awareness, education, training and not just at the IT level but at the board level and across business units in an effort to make them aware of the risks and consequences of pushing things to market too quickly,” said Brent Davidson, Trustwave’s vice-president of sales for Canada.

Released today, the survey questioned 1,414 in-house information security professionals from around the world including 210 from Canada. Others were in the U.S., Britain, Australia and Singapore.

In all countries, at least 65 percent of respondents felt their organization is safe from security threats. By contrast, 46 percent (in Canada 40 percent) said their organization has experienced a security breach, although the report doesn’t make it clear if that means in the past 12 months, or longer.

Although reports of insider threats from employees are increasing, 58.3 percent of all respondents believe the top security threats come from outside the enterprise.

Twenty-four percent worried about non-malicious internal threats, while 18.1 percent saw the top security threat coming from malicious insiders.

Globally, the majority thought the top riskiest insider threats were unauthorized file transfers through email or the cloud, followed by installation of unauthorized sofware/malware and access modification.

By a wide margin, respondents said the emerging technology they feel most pressured to adopt or deploy was cloud at 44.5 percent.

Interestingly, IoT (the Internet of Things) was second at around 16.9 percent, followed by BYOD (bring your own device) which in last year’s survey was second at 16 percent.

Source: Trustwave.

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