SOURCE: Bomgar Corporation

November 27, 2007 00:00 ET

Remote Access Software Reduces Security Breaches

Bomgar's Remote Help Desk Software Could Help Close the Door on Compromise of Confidential Company Data

RIDGELAND, MS--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - A recent study revealed that while security breaches are on the decline, the severity of the breaches has increased by more than 50 percent. Companies are devoting more resources to technology and IT security training for employees, but the remote and mobile workforce is presenting new challenges. One major vulnerability can occur during remote technical support sessions: As most remote access software solutions available are based on the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, company information must go through third party vendors where it is no longer under the protection of an organization's established security measures. Bomgar's unique appliance-based remote access software provides a solution.

The study, conducted over a five year period by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), revealed that while only one third of organizations reported a security breach in 2006, a significant decrease over 2005 at 61.8 percent and 2004 at 42 percent, the severity of the threats, on a scale from 0 to 10, increased from 2.3 and 2.6 in previous years to 4.8 in 2006.

According to the study, this trend was consistent among all organizations regardless of size or industry.

The estimated costs of security breaches averaged out to $369,388 per organization, although 3 percent of organizations reported that their single most severe security breach cost them over $1 million.

The organizations were also asked to break down the impact of these costs: 35 percent said the major impact was on employee productivity, 21 percent on server or network downtime, 20 percent on revenue-generating activities, 17 percent on physical assets, and 8 percent on legal fees or fines.

The Software as an Appliance (SaaA) model offers a unique remote access software solution designed to reduce security breaches during remote support sessions. As SaaS providers basically act as a storage center for confidential company information, hacking into just one system provides an incredible opportunity. Hackers can access corporate data from hundreds or thousands of SaaS company customers -- everything from social security numbers of employees to sensitive strategic and financial information and the health history of millions of US citizens.

Bomgar's appliance-based remote help desk software solution arrives at your location as a secure device and resides at your facility under your current security measures. As no data is routed through a third party, remote desktop sessions do not open the door to a security breach that may compromise company information.

For more information on how Bomgar's appliance-based remote access software solution can help reduce security breaches, visit the Bomgar website.

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