More than 90% of UK firms fear that the speed of adoption of instant messaging and Voice over IP technologies is outstripping related security measures, research has found.
A survey of security managers and IT managers with responsibility for security at nearly 300 companies found that 93% felt adoption of the new technologies was moving faster than security developments.
The research conducted by event organiser Infosecurity Europe also included interviews with a panel of 20 chief security officers at large enterprises, which found that increasing volumes of financial transactions are now carried out via instant messaging.
Marika Konings, director of European affairs for the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, said: “The convergence of communications networks, devices and content has enabled service providers to deliver newer, faster and more advanced services including voice, data, video and applications - all over a single IP network. While these rapid technology advancements have tremendous benefits, they have raised questions from policymakers about whether security can keep up.”
Konings added that it was vital for the IT security industry to “stay engaged with our policy makers as they evaluate the impact of these new technologies”.