In Pictures: The worst IT addictions (and how to cure them)

Jargon, data, power -- the first step to IT recovery is recognizing the monkey on your back

IT addiction no. 6: Illusions of security

In an age when hackers make headlines almost daily, it's easy to see why many enterprise IT shops have developed a serious security habit. The problem? You can pour millions into building a "bulletproof" network, only to discover that it isn't -- and never will be.

The cure: Embrace the reality that no network or organization can ever be 100 percent secure. Close the security gap through traceability, says Headspring’s Palermo.

"You want to keep improper access to data from happening, but once it does happen, you need to trace it back to its source," he says. "You want to be able to find the employee who broke company policies or the ISP that hosted the outside person coming in."

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