User authentication and malware are the biggest security bogeys facing New Zealand IT security managers, according to data collected at the SonicWall-sponsored Computerworld security briefing, held in Auckland last week.
Computerworld surveyed the attendees at its half-day event asking about threats and how they are being managed. The data indicates not only that issues of authentication and malware are top of mind in today’s threat landscape, but that spam has receded as an IT security concern. Spam rated last on the menu of eight common security threats probed in our questionnaire.
Patch management remains a considerable headache for managers with security responsibilities, however, rating third out of eight named threats.
CSOs also appear relatively unconcerned by threats posed from internal staff activities. This threat ranked second-last in the survey, to which 28 CSOs responded. However, in free text responses, security of mobile devices was most commonly nominated as a top security pain point.
Viruses, network security and application security achieved middling ratings from the respondents.