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New BSA survey reveals security threats key driver in business decisions

A new Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey released today of information technology decision makers from North A...


February 14, 2006  


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A new Business Software Alliance (BSA) survey released today of information technology decision makers from North America and Europe shows that companies have grown more concerned about information security over the past two years, with 78% increasing their number of IT security projects and a majority now devoting a greater level of energy to preparatory measures.

A large majority said they take a proactive approach toward security, while three quarters said IT security has become a critical part of their business planning.

The study, commissioned by BSA and conducted in January by independent survey group Forrester Consulting, was released today at the 2006 RSA Security Conference held in San Jose, Calif.

Forrester surveyed 410 IT decision makers in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France.

The study also revealed that private sector leaders believe that government has a role to play in cyber security, but that giving law enforcement specialized cyber security tools and passing a federal data breach notification bill, among other steps, would help improve the overall response toward cyber threats.

“This survey offers many encouraging signs that companies are taking data security seriously and have dramatically escalated their safety measures,” said Robert Holleyman, BSA president and CEO.

Companies are more concerned about information security than they were two years ago. Of all the financial risks associated with information security, IT decision makers are most concerned about losing business due to system downtime (81% of respondents), with their second highest concern being legal compliance and liability (74%), followed by protecting the value of the secured asset (73%).

Across the board, companies said their level of concern about these issues has increased dramatically over the last two years.

Seventy-three percent of respondents said information security has become a critical part of their company’s strategic business planning, while 63% said that their customers regularly ask about information security.

BSA members include a host of IT vendors including Cisco Systems, HP and IBM.