The recently released 1999 CSI/FBI Computer Crime Survey details what 521 companies from various industries and of various sizes are doing to secure their computer systems. The results highlight why security is a top concern for all kinds of businesses and what every business needs to pay attention to.
In summary the survey found that:
• 61 percent of the organisations surveyed have experienced losses due to unauthorised computer use
• 32 percent of the organisations surveyed are now using digital IDs
• The average loss from theft of proprietary information is over $1.2M
• The average loss from data or network sabotage is over $1.1M
• 50 percent of all organisations reported insider abuse of net access
• 94 percent of organisations now have Web sites,
Here’s a closer look at some of the survey questions and results:
What types of security technology do you use?
• Access control 89%
• Encrypted files 59%
• Reusable passwords 59%
• Firewalls 88%
• Encrypted log-in sessions 44%
• PCMCIA smart-cards, one-time tokens 37%
• Intrusion detection 40%
• Digital Ids, certificates 32%
What is the most likely source of an attack?
• Independent hacker 74%
• U.S. Competitor 53%
• Disgruntled employee 86%
Which of the following types of electronic attack or misuse has caused your organisation financial loss?
• Theft of proprietary information 12%
• Sabotage of data or networks 9%
• System penetration by an outsider 10%
• Insider abuse of net access 35%
• Unauthorised access to info by insider 16%
Does your company have a Web site?
• Yes 94%
Does your organisation provide electronic commerce services via a Web site?
• Yes 29%
Has your Web site been accessed without authorisation or misused with in the last 12 months?
• Yes 18%
• No 44%
• Don’t Know 30%
For details contact Nanoteq on tel: (012) 665-1338, fax: (012) 665-1343 or e-mail: Info@nanoteq.com.
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