Cost dictates security plans

Monday, 12 July 2004, 2:25 PM EST

Businesses across the globe believe that their operations are under greater threat than ever before. But findings from the Global Information Security Survey, which questioned 7,000 business technology and security professionals in 40 countries, highlights the primitive measures being used to defend against a significant menace.

Some 91 per cent of North American and 88 per cent of European businesses use basic passwords to protect their data. Only 45 per cent of North American businesses and 32 per cent in Europe use multiple log-ons or passwords with tiered or graded authentication.

Just 19 per cent of North American businesses use one-time passwords or access tokens, compared with five per cent of Europeans, six per cent of Asia-Pacific businesses and seven per cent of South Americans.

By Computing staff at vnunet.com

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