Survey Says: Security Is Top Issue in IT

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A recent IDC Enterprise Technology Trends survey confirmed what many in the IT field already knew: Security is the hottest thing in the industry now. The issue supplanted cost control and cost containment as the chief concern among IT and business executives today.

The poll–conducted between April and May this year–surveyed 933 North American companies on challenges in the current IT climate. More than 75 percent of respondents said IT security was either an “extremely important” or “very important” issue for their company. Additionally, about 59 percent of organizations raised IT expenditures on security and business continuity in the past year, said Lucie Draper, program manager for IDC’s Vertical Markets Research Group.


Perhaps these results shouldn’t surprise anyone. After all, with steady enhancements in the number and intricacy of hacker attacks over the past few years (particularly on Windows and Internet Explorer), extensive media coverage of high-profile viruses and worms such as Michelangelo and MyDoom and new public/private legislation like Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA, recognition of the need for security has increased exponentially. Also, wireless networks continue to be highly vulnerable to attack without proper security measures.


However, what is surprising is the room for growth in the security field. Certification Magazine’s security columnist Uday O. Ali Pabrai said several organizations have neither intrusion detection systems (IDS) nor intrusion prevention systems (IPS), so it is nearly impossible for them to determine what their risks and vulnerabilities are. Thus, security policies and procedures are essentially a tabula rasa for many companies, which need IT “artists” to come along and create a protective masterwork of form and function.


For more information on the IDC survey, visit To find out more about security issues, read Uday O. Ali Pabrai’s monthly column in Certification Magazine.

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