For information security professionals, their biggest
information nightmare is an external data breach for financial gain. That’s
followed closely by “failing an audit.”

EIQ Networks
polled 272 IT decision makers including security managers, and network and
systems engineers across a number of industries (including healthcare,
government, financial services and retail) to find out what security issues are
keeping them up at night.

Some of the other concerns were a shortage of security staff
and little buy-in from shareholders and executive staff (that, being, basically,
a self-fulfilling prophecy). If the CEO doesn’t take security threats
seriously, then the chance of the security threats becoming a reality is

Some other interesting findings:

  • When the respondents were asking for the
    percentages of their end-user systems and mobile devices that are monitored in
    real time, most of them said less than 25 percent.
  • A third of the respondents didn’t have an
    information risk strategy.

  • When asked if they felt their IT security
    departments had the expertise and experience to handle a breach, most
    responded, “Somewhat experienced and prepared.”

For a look at the entire survey, you can download it here.

Do you agree with these respondents? Let us know about your
security concerns in the discussion following this article.