I have many friends involved in IT security and they always tend to be the butt of my jokes. I’m a pretty relaxed guy and my security friends all strike me as eternal pessimists and conspiracy theorists who believe that at every turn there is someone out to mess with their data. I’ve always figured that the vast majority of my data is pretty boring so, outside of bank or identity fraud, there is little real harm that could come of any threat, low as it is.
The reality is different, however, for large corporations. Their data is often their most precious IP and they go to great lengths to protect it from prying eyes; a recent experiment and corresponding survey by IT industry association CompTIA shows just how much of a challenge IT security folks have.