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Is Your Network Protected? Not Remotely

June 27th, 2006

Organisations are not protecting their networks, according to research carried out by SafeNet, the leader in security and encryption. Passwords are still the most common security measure for mobile working, with 71 per cent relying on it, and yet it has long been known that this alone is an inadequate and risky security measure.

Over 50 per cent of organisations support mobile working for more than one in ten employees and 20 per cent of organisations support remote working for over 50 per cent of staff. The research, carried out over 1,200 IT managers and security professionals, also showed that 60 per cent used VPNs, 23 per cent digital certificates and only 10 per cent used smart cards.

“Traditional company borders are now a thing of the past, as more employers and employees see the benefit of remote working,” said Gary Clark, VP EMEA, SafeNet. “But with thousands of people connecting from outside the corporate firewall, more appropriate security measures are needed to protect sensitive business information.”

“Password protection is no deterrent to a determined hacker, and leaves the door wide open to exploitation,” continued Clark. “More robust and flexible security measures should be put in place in conjunction with staff education on the threat of lax security. One example of better corporate network security is to allow access depending on the remote worker’s location and their level within the organisation.”

“UK organisations are losing Ј10 billion per year to security breaches, but ensuring that corporate networks are only accessed by those people authorised to do so, will go a tremendous way towards reversing that trend,” he concluded.

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