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May 16, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Security: Still a concern?

Are big companies worrying less about security than little ones?

In their latest survey of enterprise CIOs, Goldman Sachs analysts found that security has abruptly fallen down the list of priorities — to 11th place, down from its consistent 2nd place showing in recent years. From their report:

A slippage in security as a spending priority may indicate some increased comfort with security issues in the enterprise, not completely surprising since most core security technologies are viewed as fairly mature. It could also be partially a result of few high-profile security breaches or highly disruptive malware incidents in recent memory.

But another survey released today said security will be the top priority for IT organizations this year. That’s up from a second-place showing in last year’s survey of IT pros by CompTIA (the Computer Computing Technology Industry Association).

Here’s part of CompTIA Chief Executive John Venator’s quote in the release:

“The proliferation of devices that are now connected to networks, and the increasing mobility of customers and workers have pushed security to top of mind for everyone, from the technician monitoring the network to the business owners and operators whose livelihood can be at risk in the event of a security catastrophe.”

Goldman also found that enterprises are taking their time upgrading to Vista, with most saying they’ll wait until they refresh PCs within the next year and a half. Vista upgrades are planned within the next year by 6 percent of respondents, and another 48 percent say it will happen within 18 months.

More surprising: Software-as-a-service ranked dead last on the priority list. The analysts’ take:

“We note that large-company CIOs, which chiefly comprise our panel, are likely to be slower in their adoption of SaaS given large and complex legacy installations and cultural inertia. However, offerings from leading SaaS vendors are seeing increasing adoption by large enterprises, and most large CIOs we speak with are considering where SaaS offerings make sense if they have not adopted it already in certain areas.”

Comments | Topics: Enterprise, Microsoft, Security & privacy

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