Averting data breaches in a bad economy
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT
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Security budgets are holding their own in a tough economy, but IT security personnel charged with protecting networks and company information face increasing responsibilities — from fears of having the company's brand tarnished by a data breach, compliance demands, threats from insiders anxious about losing their jobs, and a slew of other drivers.
SC Magazine's third annual survey, Guarding Against a Data Breach, polled 400 IT security professionals to determine what was keeping them awake at night, what steps they are taking to ensure their company data is protected, what technologies they have put in place or plan to, what compliance demands are most urgent, which staff member is responsible for carrying out plans properly, and a range of other issues touching far-ranging aspects of security in the enterprise.
SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong extrapolates the mounds of data and compares the statistics to previous years to determine the imperatives and trends in the security industry. She discusses the survey answers with nearly a dozen recognized leaders to analyze and assess the findings. What she unveils is that the technology to help is out there, and a number of dedicated security personnel are in place, but many are up against budget shortfalls, limited assistance, embroiled in regulatory mandates and compliance requirements. In short, a struggle to meet evolving threats and logistical obstacles is front and center, but those in the trenches are filled with determination to meet any and all challenges thrown their way.
Armstrong won an ASBPE Award in editorial excellence for the Guarding Against a Data Breach survey she penned in the January 2008 issue of SC Magazine. In fact, surveys conducted by SC Magazine and written by Illena Armstrong have won a total of five ASBPE awards over the past three years.
Stephen Fridakis, chief, IT programs and quality assurance, UNICEF
Greg Bell, global services leader, information protection and business resiliency, KPMG
Rick Caccia, VP of product marketing, ArcSight
Illena Armstrong, editor in chief, SC Magazine