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QuinStreet Enterprise Research: Security Breaches Lead to Server Corruption

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted May 6, 2015


In the modern IT landscape, news about security breaches is a common occurrence. For server administrators, what's there to worry about? As it turns out — lots.

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According to a new exclusive study conducted by QuinStreet Enterprise Server Security(the parent company of ServerWatch), server corruption is the top outcome of security breaches in the last 12 months.

According to the study, 26 percent of organizations that had a breach in the last 12 months had some form of server corruption as a result. For organizations of 100 to 999 employees, 29 percent reported that breaches led to server corruption. For organizations of 1,000 or more employees, 23 percent reported that breaches resulted in a corruption of servers.

Server corruptions can take many different forms and can lead to different outcomes, including access to private and confidential information.

Perhaps even more impactful is the fact that 76 percent of the study's respondents admitted their organizations had suffered some form of breach in the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, as a result, 50 percent of organizations rate cyber attacks as one of their top three issues.

Server and Hardware Threats a Key Area of Concern

Looking specifically at some of the key security risks, 48 percent of respondents from organizations with 1,000 or more employees rated hardware threats as an important area of concern.

As a top issue, IT security is set to command an increasing share of resources as well. The study found that 44 percent of respondents will be increasing their IT security budgets as a result of breach.

Get the full report here. Also, QuinStreet Enterprise will be hosting a Google Hangout to discuss the key findings of the report at 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT on Thursday, May 7. Join in to learn more!




Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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