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Nearly A Third Of IT Managers Could Be Persuaded To Be A Hacker For Two Thousand Dollars Or Less

Corporate Security Gets Less Airplay than Office Birthdays, Happy Hours and Kitchen Etiquette

September 15, 2015

Santa Clara, CA – Centrify Corporation, the leader in securing identities from cyberthreats, today announced additional findings from its recent State of the Corporate Perimeter survey of more than 400 U.S. and UK IT decision makers (ITDMs) that aimed to find out if corporations are as secure as they need to be. While part one of the survey revealed dangerous gaps in protocols related to identity management that leave companies vulnerable to attack, part two spotlights some of the psychological realities businesses must consider in their approach to securing assets.

Most notably, in the U.S., 24 percent of respondents hear more about office happy hours than they do about security. 22 percent hear more about office birthdays and 18 percent hear more about kitchen etiquette. In the UK, those percentages are 17, 18 and 17, respectively.

Separately, when asked if they could break in anywhere and get away with it, these were the most popular answers:

  • The White House
  • David Cameron’s private email
  • Facebook
  • Apple
  • Bill Gates
  • My bank
  • Walmart
  • Papa John’s Pizza

If bank, government and social media databases seem lofty and theoretical, a twist in survey results came in how little money it would cost to persuade an ITDM to become a hacker. When asked if they would become a hacker for $2,000 or less, 28 percent of U.S. respondents and 14 percent of UK respondents said yes.

“The real enemy here is lack of concern,” said Bill Mann, chief product officer of Centrify. “The technology exists, but the will does not. Many companies do not make this realization until their names get splashed across headlines. But even if a company is not famous, one data leak can bring an entire business to a permanent halt. Furthermore, now that today’s corporate perimeter has nothing to do with physical headquarters and contains data that resides in the cloud and on the numerous devices used in the field, it’s our hope that parts one and two of the Centrify State of the Corporate Perimeter survey convince IT decision makers to take steps now to secure their assets before hackers find holes and exploit them.”

For more survey findings or to view the full results, please visit www.centrify.com/identity-survey/

For more information about Centrify’s award-winning identity management platforms, please visit http://www.centrify.com.

About Centrify

Centrify strengthens enterprise security by managing and securing identities from cyberthreats. As organizations expand IT resources and teams beyond their premises, identity is becoming the new security perimeter. With our platform of integrated software and cloud-based services, Centrify uniquely secures and unifies identity for both privileged and end users across today’s hybrid IT world of cloud, mobile and data center. The result is stronger security and compliance, improved business agility and enhanced user productivity through single sign-on. Over 5000 customers, including half of the Fortune 50 and over 80 federal agencies, leverage Centrify to secure identities. Learn more at www.centrify.com.

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