According to a survey by Symantec, 38.5% of technology professionals experienced at least one attempt to hack into their corporate network through a remote system within the last month.
The survey, entitled Remote Usage and Management of Corporate Networks, was conducted by Applied Marketing Research, using 300 interviews. The interviews were conducted on 26 September among chief security officers, directors of security, CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, network managers and administrators at the Networld+Interop trade show in Atlanta’s World Congress Center.
Of those polled, 93% had remote or mobile users accessing the corporate network and 74% of those users are on broadband connections, which are more vulnerable to attack.
33% have anti-virus solutions for remote users and 30.4% use separate dial-in user names and/or passwords. Only 21.5% rely on VPNs to secure the communications and only 15% report using a desktop firewall solution to protect remote users.
“Hackers are attempting to infiltrate corporate networks through remote users,” said Gail Hamilton of Symantec. “With an ‘always on’ Internet connection and a gateway to the corporate network, security professionals need to implement robust Internet security solutions for their remote users.”
Symantec Desktop Firewall prevents hackers from gaining access to networks through remote systems, and defends organizations from denial of service attacks.
Applied Marketing Research was founded in 1993. Drawing upon education and practical experience in marketing management, they offer clients theoretical and real-world expertise through a range of research capabilities.
Symantec is a provider of virus protection, risk management, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management and mobile code detection technologies to customers. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Symantec has operations in 33 countries.