WikiLeaks Has Prompted Little Change in Security, Survey Says
A vendor at a major security conference in February found that the massive WikiLeaks document dump prompted conversation but not much else.
The survey taken at the RSA conference in San Francisco last month found that only 16% of the respondents implemented new policies and security tools as a result of WikiLeaks, while about 30% discussed WikiLeaks with their staff.
The survey’s sponsor, Ipswitch File Transfer, also said that its respondents showed that employees’ use of remote devices and unsecured email to transfer confidential information is rising.
Ipswitch, a Massachusetts-based file transfer specialist, said it conducted the survey among conference attendees. It said 85% of the IT executives it talked to said they use remote devices–including USB drives and smartphones–to back up and share work files, and that 77% said they use unsecured e-mail to send classified mails at least once a month.
The survey found 57% said they save work to external devices at least once a week, 11% more than said so last year. And nearly 55% of the companies responding said they provide, but do not enforce, policies and tools for moving sensitive information.
"Failing to enforce information-sharing policies is just as risky as failing to establish them," said Frank Kenney, Ipswitch vice president of global strategy and product management.