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Mobility and security biggest IT concerns for 2007: EQUS Group

The EQUS Group, a technology market research firm, today released its latest industry report, "Corporate Outlook fo...


February 13, 2007  


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The EQUS Group, a technology market research firm, today released its latest industry report, “Corporate Outlook for 2007: Security & Privacy,” which identifies mobility and security as the two most pressing issues facing IT executives in 2007.

The study report details the concerns of 83 IT executives who participated in interviews.

The firm found the majority of respondents ranked protection from attack as their highest concern, with 77% ranking its importance as high or very high.

Proprietary data protection ranked second with 71% of respondents identifying this issue as high or very high importance. The majority of respondents cited customer and client privacy and regulatory compliance as areas of continued importance for 2007.

The study also found that despite record revenues for the thumb drive industry in 2006, 74% of companies are increasingly concerned with the unique security risks thumb drives present. However, only 21% say they plan to add restrictions on employee use of the devices.

“Considering the recent rise in data theft from mobile devices, companies have every reason to be concerned about thumb drive and other mobile device security,” said Al Nazareli, CEO of EQUS.

“However, these devices have become indispensable business tools, and, as a result, companies are walking a fine line between trying to protect their networks and allowing employees the tools they need to do business.”

The study also examines whether Smartcards and Biometrics, two much-touted security technologies, would be widely implemented this year. Only 13% of companies plan to implement Smartcards in 2007. Just 9% of companies have plans to implement Biometrics this year.