Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, revealed in a recent global study that curtailing access to certain sites and blocking the launch of third-party applications are the most popular ways for employers to ensure IT security.
The study titled Global IT Security Risks: 2012 showed that companies are most likely to restrict access to online games, with 71 percent of the IT professionals surveyed saying this was part of their strategy.
Slightly less popular methods include restricting or banning social networking sites – a measure mentioned by 68 percent of those surveyed. From this, it’s possible to conclude that IT specialists risk focusing more on employees’ performance rather than infrastructure security.
The study was carried out in partnership with B2B International in July 2012. It aims to find out the opinions of IT professionals in medium-sized to large enterprises regarding corporate security solutions, determine their level of knowledge of current threats, and look at how they evaluate risks.
Kaspersky Lab surveyed more than 3,300 senior IT professionals from 22 countries. All respondents had an influence on IT security policy, and a good knowledge of both IT security issues and general business matters.
The results also covered measures which are directly related to infrastructure security and data safety. For example, 50 percent of companies have restricted or prohibited the use of file exchange services, and 47 percent have enforced similar rules for connecting external devices to work computers.
More worryingly, though, 43 percent of IT specialists have already faced deliberate or accidental data leakage due to employee actions. This significant figure suggests there is insufficient control in terms of storing and communicating corporate information.