Information technology workers worry about a number of things while they are trying to keep company data safe, but new research has found that financial breaches are their top concern.
Overall, 34 percent of IT workers say they are most worried about data breaches that lead to financial loses. However, financial data breaches are far from the only challenge facing IT workers. Respondents also say that employee misuse is the biggest risk facing companies.
That presents an even bigger challenge in the days of bring your own device (BYOD). A majority of respondents say that less than 25 percent of mobile devices are monitored in real time. A quarter of IT workers also say they don't know how long it would take to find the root of a data breach.
Communication gaps are a big part of the problem facing IT workers, the researchers found. More than one-third of respondents say they meet infrequently or never with business leaders. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents say they are understaffed with qualified workers.
"The survey results clearly highlight the many burdens that IT professionals are dealing with on a day-to-day basis," said Brian Anderson, chief marketing officer at EiQ Networks, which conducted the research. "Security concerns are now on par with compliance. This trend coupled with increased awareness and implementation of SANS critical security controls will help improve cyber defenses across organizations."
The research was based on the responses of 272 IT decision makers.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.