There's little doubt that security is a top priority for business-technology managers, regardless of the size of the company they work for. More than 80% of the 300 managers responding to InformationWeek Research's 1Q Priorities survey described updating security procedures, tools, and services as a key business priority. That consensus held true whether they worked for small, midsize, or large companies and whether they were IT managers or corporate managers.
The main focus of most IT pros is on preventing hackers, spammers, and other malcontents from entering their networks, and nearly two-thirds are looking to enhance their network-security-management, intrusion-detection, content-filtering and anti-spam software. More than half also plan to upgrade their encryption software. But only 16% plan to deploy biometrics technology to control access to their networks and systems.
As companies become more forward-thinking about security, even that number may rise. "The attacker just needs to find one window in," says Pete Lindstrom, founder and analyst at Spire Security. "The security administrator must plug every door and window."
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?