Network security at risk from user negligence, report says

    Date21 Jul 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Evans Data Corporation's just-published Security Development Survey found that one in four developers believes that the biggest hurdle to computing security is end users who refuse to adhere to, or circumvent, polices. . . . Evans Data Corporation's just-published Security Development Survey found that one in four developers believes that the biggest hurdle to computing security is end users who refuse to adhere to, or circumvent, polices.

    In the study, Evans found that "a quarter of developers found social engineering and lack of adherence to policies to be the biggest problem, while another 15 percent cite lack of qualified personnel." At the same time, just 11 percent of the developers surveyed reported that solutions were too complex or difficult for users.

    "As with any other security concern, the best technology in the world can be undone by untrained or inattentive end users, the same holds true for the development of secure computing applications and projects," said Glenn MacEwen, an analyst with Evans Data.

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