Audit shows massive security threat

July 22, 2008 at 6:40 PM
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NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- U.S. company Promisec says recent audits of various organizations show that all of the 100,000 performed computer scans were found to have security threats.

Promisec, a software development company specializing in countering network threats, released figures Tuesday showing that of the 100,000 corporate endpoint security audits performed in the first six months of 2008, every computer revealed internal threats.

Additionally, company officials say the minimum number of threats found in the audits of industries audited, including finance, healthcare and insurance among others, was three.

Compared with a study conducted in 2007, the number of compromised computers jumped by more than 200 percent. Promisec says threats to an organization's network included unauthorized removable storage, endpoints, unauthorized peer-to-peer applications and unprotected shared folders, among network threats.

"Despite millions of dollars invested in security technology and millions more in personnel costs, we did not find a single company that had a completely clean bill of health from a risk and security perspective," Alan Komet, Promisec vice president, said in a statement.

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