Bracknell, UK. – April 19, 2011
UK organisations spend an average of 143 hours or 18 working days per month just managing on-site security solutions and related problems, according to new research from Webroot, the first Internet security service company. The most time consuming activity was identified as managing software and/or hardware updates, an indicator of why companies are increasingly considering cloud security products to reduce IT workloads and costs.
Webroot surveyed 271 IT decision-makers with 100 to 5,000 employees in the United Kingdom. The research found that companies with more mobile or remote workers were at greater risk from security threats; UK companies with 25 per cent or more of their employees enabled with remote access are twice as likely to have had a network infection through a USB device or a website compromise. This can also be considered a major contributor to re-imaging infected machines being identified as the second most time consuming activity for IT departments.
"The burden of managing on-premise security solutions is clearly taking a toll on IT departments," said Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer, Webroot. "On-premise solutions, whether they're appliances or software, simply cannot keep up with today's threat landscape, which is complicated by the need to protect a highly mobile workforce. Almost three quarters of the UK companies we surveyed have at least a quarter of their employees remotely accessing corporate servers, and this exposes them to a greater number of security threats of all varieties. This, coupled with the sheer volume of IT hours spent managing on-premise security solutions means many organisations need security solutions that are more effective and easier to manage and update. For example, those using cloud-based security are 30 per cent less likely to experience phishing attacks than those using on-premise security solutions, 25 per cent less likely to experience viruses or worms, and 20 per cent less likely to experience spyware."
According to the study, the time and cost associated with managing on-site security solutions is substantial for UK companies:
Companies with a quarter or more of their employees enabled with remote access face the greatest threats:
A good proportion of UK companies are aware of the added threats posed by mobile working:
Cloud security is an increasingly growing market in the face of these on-premise security challenges:
About the Research
In January 2011, Webroot sponsored an online survey of IT decision-makers who are in firms with 100 to 5,000 seats in the United Kingdom. Respondents qualified for the survey if they were purchase decision-makers for email or Web security solutions. At the 95 percent confidence level the margin of error is ±3.4 percentage points for the sample of 271 respondents.
Webroot is a leading provider of Internet security for consumers and businesses worldwide. Founded in 1997, privately held Webroot is headquartered in Colorado and employs more than 470 people globally in operations across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Consistently rated among the best security offerings available, Webroot's products include email, Web and archiving security services for businesses, and anti-malware, privacy and identity protection for consumers. For more information, visit http://www.webroot.co.uk or call 0870 141 7070. Read the Webroot Threat Blog: http://blog.webroot.com. Follow Webroot on Twitter: http://twitter.com/webroot.
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