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At least 73% of network devices have at least one security vulnerability, according to South African IT service provider Dimension Data's network barometer report 2011, the company announced.
The report includes information from the evaluation of 270 worldwide technical lifecycle management (TLM) enterprises and large organizations, and it seeks to review network readiness to support business in terms of security vulnerability, end of life status and configuration variance based on best practices.
In the 2010 barometer, 38% of network devices were carrying at least one security vulnerability.
"If global security results are bad, Latin America's are even worse, because companies in the region don't consider net security as an investment but as an expense. The fact that we have doubled the number of security vulnerabilities doesn't mean there are more threats, but shows that the maintenance of the platforms is weak," Leopoldo Richter, engagement manager enterprise from Dimension Data Chile told BNamericas.
The report was carried out in 13 organizations from the Americas region, including Brazil, Mexico, Canada and US; 148 from Europe, 22 from Australia, 33 from Asia and 54 from the Middle East and Africa.