'We are the worst security risk' - sys admins confess

Monday, 28 October 2002, 3:16 PM EST

More than half of all senior IT managers (58 per cent) think that their own IT departments offer the largest threat to IT security.

IT security holes in corporate systems often open up during systems upgrades or when integrating new applications into core infrastructure, senior managers reported during a recent (and not particularly comprehensive) survey by security consultants Defcom.

Further questioning revealed that 67 per cent of senior IT security managers felt that their IT departments lacked the requisite skills to handle the widening spectrum of security threats that exist today. Two thirds also believed their employees to be a major threat to corporate IT security. By contrast, only 10 per cent quizzed during the poll identified malicious hackers as the largest threat to security.

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