CEO complacency revealed in security study

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RedSeal released the results of a survey Tuesday that revealed a striking amount of overconfidence about network security among corporate executives.

The Sunnyvale network security company found that 60 percent of executives said they could “truthfully assure the board beyond a reasonable doubt” that their company is secure.

That flies in the face of other studies that show up to 97 percent of organizations have been breached, RedSeal said.

And, 86 percent of the executives polled admitted that there are gaps in their insight into what’s happening in their organizations.

Nearly the same percentage said silos in their companies create obstacles for creating a secure environment, and 79 percent agreed that you can’t secure what you can’t see or understand.

Many executives “have no idea” where the weak spots in their networks lie until they are pointed out to them, said Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of RedSeal.

“This is exactly why corporatons get breached so often even though they’ve invested in excellet security products.”

The study polled more than 350 corporate executives of organizations with 250 or more employees, 20 percent with more than 1,000 employees.

At top: AP file photo/Damian Dovarganes

 

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