AhnLab Survey: 78% of IT Professionals Admit Picking Up and Plugging In Abandoned USB Drives

AhnLab Survey: 78% of IT Professionals Admit Picking Up and Plugging In 
Abandoned USB Drives 
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and SANTA CLARA, CA and LONDON -- (Marketwire) --
03/19/13 --   AhnLab, South Korea's largest IT security vendor, has
revealed that 78 percent of IT security professionals have admitted
to picking up and plugging in USB flash drives found abandoned or
lying around. This goes against all the rules and warnings these
professionals try to drum into their own colleagues inserting a
"found" flash drive into a network lead to infecting files and
networks, and ultimately, the loss of valuable data.  
The study, which was conducted at last month's RSA Conference 2013
among 300 IT professionals -- many of whom were security experts --
found that data which was discovered on the "found" USB drives often
included viruses, rootkits, bot executables, movies, music and other
office documents.  
The study also uncovered that more than 68 percent of those surveyed
had been involved in a security breach, either at home, work or
personally -- with many relating back to the infected USB drives.  
"I am utterly shocked at these figures, in particular, the 78 percent
number," said Brian Laing, VP of marketing and business development,
AhnLab, Santa Clara. "For example, Stuxnet, one of the world's most
sophisticated cyber-attacks, gained access to its target system
through a 'found' USB drive. The creators of the malware left
infected USB drives near a uranium enrichment facility and someone
picked it up and inserted into their PC. Stuxnet derailed the efforts
of that nation to purify nuclear materials at its facility."  
According to Laing, IT security professionals are clearly ignoring
basic rules and this must stop. An infected USB drive could result in
infected machines, infected networks, and a PC or PCs in the network
converted to a bot for use by cyber criminals. The result could
include stolen intellectual property, such as sales forecasts,
customer, and financial information. The list is endless.  
"I urge IT security professionals to begin practicing what they
preach," said Laing. "This 'it won't happen to me' attitude doesn't
wash. It really does come down to the old mantra of combining people,
process and technology -- if you can get all three elements r
ight,
you are on track to a safe and secure environment. " 
In additional to this, a recent study from Virginia-based PhishMe
found that over 60 percent of people will fall for a phishing attack
if they have never been trained to know what to look out for. One in
five people admitted to being tricked by a phishing email into
clicking a link or opening an attachment. Training employees,
globally, needs to be part of the solution. 
About AhnLab: 
AhnLab creates agile, integrated Internet security solutions for
consumers and businesses, ranging in size from SMBs to enterprise
organizations. Founded in 1995, AhnLab is a global leader in security
research and product development delivers comprehensive protection
for networks, transactions, and essential services. By combining
cloud analysis with endpoint and server resources, AhnLab generates
best-of-breed breach detection and threat prevention that scales
easily for high-speed networks. This multi-dimensional approach
combines with exceptional service to create truly global protection
against attacks that evade traditional security defenses. That's why
more than 25,000 organizations rely on AhnLab's award-winning
products and services to make the Internet safe and reliable for
their business operations. 
Learn more today by contacting your AhnLab partner or local AhnLab
sales representative, or by visiting: http://www.ahnlab.com 
Media Contact:
Lucy Harvey
Eskenzi PR
lucy@eskenzipr.com 
0207 1832 840 
North America:
Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR
dchm@madisonalexanderpr
949-231-2965 
 
 
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