SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO)

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  • Cisco releases behavioral research revealing the most common data leakage risks and mistakes employees make in businesses of all sizes, in various industries around the world. (
  • The research features perceptions and behavior of 2,000 employees and IT professionals in 10 countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, India, Australia, and Brazil.
  • Key Findings: Many employees admit a number of risky behaviors, such as:
    • Altering security settings to bypass corporate security policies and access unauthorized sites
    • Accessing unauthorized areas of networks and facilities
    • Sharing sensitive corporate data with non-employees
    • Sharing corporate devices with non-employees
    • Losing portable storage devices
    • Allowing others to "tailgate" behind them into corporate facilities
    • Leaving devices with passwords to personal financial accounts and corporate systems unattended and unlocked
  • Cisco Chief Security Officer John N. Stewart and other executives from the company provide insight into their experiences and approaches to preventing data loss as guidance for businesses and their IT organizations:

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Security, Cisco security, network security, data loss, data leakage, data loss prevention, data protection, IT security, employee behavior, IT perceptions

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  • John N. Stewart, Chief Security Officer, Cisco

  • "Businesses are enabling employees to become increasingly collaborative and mobile. Without modern-day security technologies, policies, awareness and education, information is more vulnerable. Today, data is in transit, in use, within programs, stored on devices, and in places beyond the traditional business environment, such as at home, on the road, in cafes, on airplanes and trains. This trend is here to stay. To protect your data effectively, we need to start understanding the risk characteristics of business and then base technology, policy, and awareness and education plans on those factors."

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    John N. Stewart: Cisco CSO's Security Strategy

    Christopher Burgess: Data Leakage & the Threat Landscape

    Nasrin Rezai: Cisco's Approach to Preventing Data Leakage

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