September 02, 2008
Network Data Security is Top Concern for IT Pros
By Eve Sullivan, TMCnet Editor
Network data security is the top network-related concern of information technology (IT) professionals, according to the results of a recent Web poll.
The poll, conducted by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA (News
)), said human error is the second biggest concern.
“Organizations continue to invest more resources in securing applications, data and networks, and with good reason,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “Every security breach has the potential to materially impact the business, through lower employee productivity, lost revenue, higher costs, negative publicity, or loss of customer confidence. It’s incumbent on all organizations, regardless of size or industry, to implement a multi-layered approach to security that leverages both technology and education.”
According to the poll, nearly one-third of IT professionals who responded – 32.8 percent – said securing their networks and data is their main concern regarding their organization’s network. Human error by network users was the second biggest concern, as cited by 19.6 percent of the respondents.
Data storage and the ability to hire and keep quality network support staff were third on the list of top network concerns, with each cited by 12.1 percent of respondents.
Having current network technologies was the top concern for 6.4 percent of those polled, while 5.7 percent say having reliable and secure wireless access, and 3.7 percent say network virtualization.
The Web poll was conducted June 3 through Aug. 25 and drew 934 responses.
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s $3 trillion information technology industry. Its membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation, the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information, please visit www.comptia.org
Eve Sullivan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Eve's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Eve Sullivan