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Businesses in the Oceanic region are having to fight off more security breaches than the rest of the world, with only insufficient and thinly-stretched staff in place, in many cases. These findings come from the ISACA 2012 Governance of Enterprise IT survey, which looked at over 3700 businesses, 65 of which were from Australia and New Zealand.

It found that Oceanic organizations were more likely to have had a security breach than those in the rest of the world. About 29% of responding Australian and New Zealand organizations reported having had a security breach in the past 12 months, compared to the global figure of 22%. Privacy breaches were slightly less than the 12 % global average, at 10%. 

This may be due to Oceanic organizations being overly concerned about privacy issues, ranking data leakage as the top concern in network security for the next 12 months. About 19% rated it as a top concern, followed by 17% who were worried about inadvertent employee mistakes and 15% about incidents relating to employees' personal devices. Cloud computing and cyber attacks ranked lowest, in terms of the most likely challenge to a network's security, at 12 and 11%, respectively.

All organizations need to ensure that there are adequate security frameworks and guidelines in place to keep proprietary and sensitive company data secure. But this might be difficult, given that a majority of companies are also facing an IT shortage. About 54% of Oceanic organizations ran into problems in finding necessary staff. Additionally, Oceanic businesses had staff stretched out across projects for longer than necessary, with 57% stating they ran into the problem of project overrun. This was higher than the global average of 48%.

Summary: Oceanic firms are having to fight off more security breaches than others, with not enough staff and having them spread across slow projects.

Cross-posted from: ZD Net

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