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IT professionals reveal their biggest fears in RSA conference survey

RSA Conference, the world's leading information security conference and exposition group, today revealed that over ...


October 16, 2006  


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RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conference and exposition group, today revealed that over 70% of European IT security professionals are more afraid of hackers than they are of their mothers-in-law.

These findings are the result of a survey of registered delegates ahead of RSA Conference Europe, which is taking place later this month in Nice.

When asked about IT security priorities and fears, the survey uncovered identity management as the single biggest concern for organizations, with one-third of respondents listing it as their single most important priority.

In addition, Web viruses pose more of a threat than e-mail viruses. While 29% ranked e-mail viruses as their most significant threat, Web viruses were listed as the most significant threat by 68% of respondents.

“The rapidly evolving nature of IT security places constant pressures on security professionals,” said Tim Pickard, RSA Conference Europe director.

“As this survey shows, the IT director can never stand still with new threats emerging and priorities being constantly reassessed. Where e-mail viruses once dominated, Web viruses are now becoming more significant with mobile phone viruses still waiting in the wings.

“In such an environment, IT directors are keen to share their experiences with their peers as they strive to keep ahead of security threats.”