Call it spyware, malware, or adware--users loathe it, ad networks love it, Congress has it in its crosshairs. Most importantly, as an IT professional, you can't ignore it. It slows down your users' systems, impacts your end users' productivity, and could even degrade performance of your networks and network applications.
Seeking to get a better handle on the spyware problem, InformationWeek.com asked readers to rate its impact today in an online poll. Their feedback was clear--spyware is a growing problem in the enterprise. The results from 941 responses to this online, nonscientific poll:
Spyware is not a problem at all, we haven't noticed it, 6%
It's a minor problem, we've had to clean up a few desktop PCs, 44%
It's a major problem; we've been forced to clean up many PCs and institute corporate policies to prevent reoccurrence, 42%
It's a catastrophic problem; it has caused major IT problems, including significant downtime or high costs to remove and monitor, 8%
Although antidotes do exist, spyware/adware is a fast-moving target and a tough challenge for IT departments to deal with. Walk through this InformationWeek.com Special Report to learn all about spyware, including the favored strategies and tools of InformationWeek.com readers for defending against it.
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.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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