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."
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?