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Industry Watch: Hacker Losses Fall 56%

In the Computer Security Institute's eighth annual Computer Crime and Security Survey, 251 organizations reported nearly $202 million in losses from security problems last year--a 56% drop from 2001. Robert Richardson, editorial director for the Computer Security Institute, says the drop may show security practitioners are getting better at spotting and stopping attacks. Yankee Group analyst Eric Ogren says companies may be more realistic in calculating the actual intellec-tual-property loss from breaches. Or, Richardson suggests, stiffer legal penalties are scaring off would-be hackers: "If I were a young kid with an interest in hacking, I wouldn't be hacking into the Rand Corp. right now."

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