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  • Investments in IT security are starting to level off, largely because most organizations lack the internal expertise to master them, according to a recent global survey of 1,825 IT management and security professionals conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of Dell SecureWorks. From a channel perspective, the most aggravating part of the these survey results is that only a quarter said IT security is a high priority, which may account for why only 19 percent of the IT security budget is allocated to managed or outsourced services. This has serious implications for the channel. The study suggests that much of the fault for this IT security disconnect lies with CIOs/CTOs and business unit leaders that exercise the most control over the IT security budget. In terms of greatest satisfaction with IT security technologies, the study finds that investments in security information event management (SIEM) and encryption appear to be providing the biggest bang for the buck. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the study.

  • Datto is beefing up its data protection cloud services, and announced support for a Linux agent and file and synchronization software from the ownCloud project.

  • Businesses face a rising security threat from within their companies due to increased adoption of the cloud and mobile devices, according to new research, conducted by Crowd Research Partners, and sponsored by Bitglass, a cloud access security broker. The study, based on a survey of 500 IT and security professionals, reveals that more than six in 10 respondents have seen an increase in insider threats over the past 12 months. They attribute the growth of insider threats to insufficient data protection, more data leaving the network and more devices with sensitive data. What's troubling is that many organizations lack information about how many insider threats actually occurred within the organization. Yet insider attacks can damage a company's reputation, and remediation costs can reach into the millions. The challenge for companies is detecting insider threats, particularly as more apps and data migrate to the cloud. Here are key takeaways from the report that show why IT and security teams need to implement tools and services that give them greater visibility and control of their data.

  • Changes in the data center create new security needs. vArmour aims to work with solution providers with deep knowledge of how modern data centers are evolving.

  • Quick Heal is extending its reach in North America by recruiting channel partners to sell the company's security software to small and midsize enterprises.

  • A big increase in cyber-attacks in the past few years is posing big challenges for IT security professionals. A little more than three-fourths of 387 IT security decision-makers polled said their organizations experienced a damaging breach in the past year, according to a new study, conducted by QuinStreet Enterprise, which publishes Channel Insider. The breaches can be catastrophic, with impacts ranging from a corruption of servers, intellectual property leaks and revenue loss to prolonged email system failure, loss of employee and customer information, and shrinking customer confidence. As a result, IT professionals now consider cyber-attacks one of the top three IT issues for their organizations and are taking action to prevent new attacks by allocating more of their IT budgets for security, adding new security solutions and using best security practices that will expand opportunities for security service providers. Here are key takeaways from the report that show why cyber-attack prevention should be a top concern for IT departments.

  • Many organizations are vulnerable to attack because they lack the tools to prevent and detect insider threats, according to a recent SANS Institute study, sponsored by SpectorSoft. Nearly three-fourths of the 772 IT security professionals surveyed are concerned about threats from negligent or malicious employees, but almost half don't know how much they spend on insider threats. The majority are concerned about data loss, including compromised personally identifiable information (67%), damage to reputation (54%) and revealing confidential business information (51%), yet the study finds serious gaps in protecting against these threats. A look at the top six industries in the survey, including technology/IT services, showed that it took organizations from 12 to 48 days to detect an insider breach and from less than one day to 60 days to respond. Many organizations lack the budget and staff to implement and maintain prevention/detection tools; this creates opportunities for managed security services providers to help these businesses develop, implement and maintain a security plan. Here are 10 key findings from the survey.