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Data loss and information leaks were signaled as the main security concerns for Latin American professionals surveyed in Slovakian antivirus and security software developer Eset's security report for Latin America, according to a press release from the company.
According to the results from the study, 42.52% of responses indicated data loss and information leaks as a main security concern. Eset said this indicates that the degree of awareness is growing regarding the value of information.
The study found serious concern over both the costs associated with these types of security issues, as well as the effects they can have on a company's reputation. According to Eset, the repercussions of Wikileaks contributed to the rise of this concern.
Malware ranked as the second biggest security concern in the report, receiving 35.36% of the responses. Malicious codes were identified as a concern for one out of every three people, and Eset said this threat affects the most users and organizations around the world.
According to Eset, 38% of companies were infected with malware during 2010. Additionally, 17% of those surveyed said they had not suffered any security incident during 2010, while one out of every four companies said they had incident detection tools.
Eset found progress in awareness regarding the importance of adequate information security management policies, but said companies experience difficulties in budget or training to carry out these practices.
Education and research manager at Eset Latin America Federico Pacheco said that while eight out of every 10 users considered security education very important, less than half of the companies implement periodic awareness plans.
Social network use has also added new questions to companies' security policies. The study found that 36.2% of Latin American companies allowed unrestricted use of all types of social networks, while 29.8% blocked all access. According to Eset, 50% of users believed no malicious codes were in social networks.
For the report, Eset surveyed more than 3,200 professionals in distinct sectors and various countries in Latin America.