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Security Lags Behind Enterprise Advances

CIOs have done a pretty good job of updating and expanding their infrastructures to accommodate a slew of mobile devices, operating systems and cloud computing environments.

But, as eSecurity Planet reports, they've sort of let security slide a bit, favoring speed and ease over the costs and challenges of implementing more advanced security applications and policies to keep pace with all these new moving pieces.

According to a new study released this week by Forrester Consulting and security software vendor Symantec, 54 percent of the 306 companies with 1,000 to 20,000-plus employees surveyed reported a significant data breach last year.

And as companies of all sizes increase their reliance on the cloud and a small army of smartphones and tablet PCs, that figures will almost surely rise unless IT managers start making the expensive and time-consuming commitment to advanced authentication security applications.

"The IT landscape is changing so dramatically and so rapidly that one in four organizations are requiring users to remember six or more passwords to access corporate networks and applications and, as this Forrester study shows, that approach to authentication is collapsing under its own weight," said Atri Chatterjee, Symantec's vice president of authentication.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Cloud, Smartphones Complicate Enterprise Security