Websense Security Survey: Canadian IT Stresses as Data Breaches Put Jobs on the Line

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    Canadian IT managers feel that getting a divorce or losing their job is
    less stressful than looking after company confidential data


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TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ -- How are IT managers coping with today's fast-changing threat landscape? Are they properly protected against the latest data-stealing malware? And would employees report if they compromised corporate data? To find out these answers and more, Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in content security and data theft protection, commissioned independent research firm Dynamic Markets to survey 1,000 IT managers and 1,000 non-IT employees in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia about the latest threats to corporate and personal security, including modern malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

The Canadian research reveals that serious data breaches have occurred compromising CEO and other executives' data, confidential customer data, and data necessary for regulatory compliance. IT managers are feeling the pressure and saying that data loss incidents put their jobs on the line and that the stress of managing their company confidential data is greater than divorce, managing personal debt, or a minor car accident. But help is on the horizon as headline-grabbing security incidents have promoted data security talks amongst top management and have driven focus on security, including the need for additional budget. Click here to download the full report entitled Security Pros & 'Cons': Canadian IT professionals on confidence, confidential data, and today's cyber-cons.

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    Key Canadian Findings:

    Stress of Security
    --  Data breaches put IT jobs on the line. More than 80 percent said that
        their job would be at risk if a security incident were to occur,
        including if a CEO or other executive's confidential data is breached
        (38 percent); data needed for compliance is lost (32 percent); and if
        confidential information is posted on a social networking site (34
        percent).
    --  Confidential data breaches. Shockingly, a full 30 percent report that
        the CEO's or other executives' confidential data had been breached. 22
        percent report losing data needed for compliance. 23 percent state
that
        confidential information has been posted on a social networking site
        and 40 percent say that data has been lost by employees.
    --  Hidden data loss - A suspiciously large gap in the experience of IT
        managers and confessions from employees indicate extensive
        under-reporting on security breaches. Just two employees for every 100
        admit to posting confidential information on a social networking site,
        but 23 percent of IT managers say that it has indeed occurred in their
        organization. One employee in 100 reveals they have introduced malware
        onto the network - but 32 percent of IT managers have already seen it
        happen. And it gets worse: if employees did accidentally compromise
        company data, 30 percent of them would not tell their boss.
    --  Canadian IT managers feel that getting a divorce or getting married
was
        LESS stressful than protecting the company's confidential data. In
        addition, 11 percent said that losing their job was a less stressful
        event and 20 percent would rather start a new job!
    Sufficient Protection?

    --  Necessary but not sufficient. There are indications that antivirus and
        firewall solutions may have been oversold as a panacea, creating a
        false sense of security. While AV and firewalls are still certainly
        necessary, they are not sufficient to stop modern malware and advanced
        data-stealing attacks. Only 49 percent of respondents use systems that
        prevent confidential data from being uploaded to the web. Yet 61
        percent worry about advanced persistent threats and 21 percent said
        they have been a victim of this type of attack. However, as a result
of
        recent high-profile data breaches, 19 percent began or accelerated a
        data loss prevention project.
    Hope on the Horizon
    --  Data security talk now involves top management. More than 90 percent
of
        IT security managers report that new levels of management have engaged
        in data security conversations in the last year, including the head of
        IT (42 percent), managing director (37 percent), and CEO (36 percent).
        This means that until recently, the head of IT was often not involved.
    --  Headline-grabbing security incidents are impacting IT planning. More
        than 60 percent of IT managers concede that recent well-publicized
        security incidents have affected their planning. Most have made
        multiple changes: more than 40 percent have focused attention
        internally on testing policies, increased spending, imposed new
        restrictions on users, and 35 percent have implemented new solutions.
        Nearly a fifth have begun or accelerated a full DLP project.
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"This survey shows that companies need to recalculate their assumptions about how well their data is protected," said Fiaaz Walji, Websense Canadian country manager. "Advanced threats are using attack elements and methods that AV was not designed to address--and are written and tested specifically to bypass AV. Companies need a robust, layered security strategy--like our Websense® TRITON(TM) solutions--that can truly protect them from modern malware in the wild and effectively keep their confidential data protected however it's being used."

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A full copy of the Websense survey on "Security Pros & 'Cons': Canadian IT professionals on confidence, confidential data, and today's cyber-cons" can be downloaded at www.websense.com/content/websense-security-survey-security-pros-and-cons-canada. aspx.

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    About Websense, Inc.
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Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN), a global leader in unified web security, email security, and data loss prevention (DLP) solutions, delivers the best content security for modern threats at the lowest total cost of ownership to tens of thousands of enterprise, mid-market and small organizations around the world. Distributed through a global network of channel partners and delivered as appliance-based software or Security-as-a-Service (SaaS), Websense content security solutions help organizations leverage web 2.0 and cloud-based communication, collaboration, and social media, while protecting from advanced persistent threats and modern malware, preventing the loss of confidential information, and enforcing internet use and security policies. Websense is headquartered in San Diego, California with offices around the world. For more information, visit www.websense.com.

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