Annual Enterprise IT Security Survey Results

According to ComputerWorld’s 6th Annual Enterprise IT Security Survey found that 67% of large companies with 5,000 or more employees reported at least one successful intrusion this year, compared with 41% in 2009.  Mid-size companies of 1,000 to 4,999 employees fared better with 59% reporting an intrusion, up slightly from 57%.

For the first time, the survey looked into what respondents believed primarily caused the network intrusion.

  • 14% attributed their intrusion to “hacker/network attack,”
  • 12% cited “lack of adequate security policies/measures,”
  • 10% said “employee Web usage,”
  • 9% pointed to “virus/malware/spyware,”
  • 8% faulted other employee carelessness, negligence,”
  • 6% said “unauthorized access by current/former employees,”
  • 5% blamed “weak passwords,”
  • 5% thought it was because of “lack of software updates,”
  • 5% simply said “software security flaw/bug.”