Execs want more IT security improvements

Information technology security ranked as the area where business executives most desire technological innovation, according to a survey released this week by the Business Software Alliance.

In a poll conducted by Forrester Research, the company queried key IT decision makers, nearly a third of whom said their business' survival depends on technological innovation. An additional 46 percent of these leaders said their businesses rely heavily on technological innovation. Out of 11 categories, information security ranked as the top category among areas where these businesses most need innovation.

The Business Software Alliance sponsored a meeting between influential IT executives and key government policymakers to discuss pressing IT and security issues.

Arranged by BSA as a part of its second-annual CTO Forum, the meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. BSA invited CTOs from the country's leading software and hardware manufacturers to talk to officials about their agendas for promoting technological innovation. Some of the topics broached included patent reform and increasing protection of intellectual property.

"These CTOs are the industry leaders who are responsible for getting ahead of the next big trend," said Robert Holleyman, BSA president and chief executive officer. "This forum (gave) CTOs a chance to share with policymakers their forecast of what new technologies will change the way we live, work and play – and what government can do to allow those technologies to flourish."

Following the forum, participants sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Republican High-Tech Working Group praising its announcement that it will be renewing focus on improved competitiveness and high-tech innovation in the U.S. BSA has previously backed similar platforms from the House Democrats' Innovation Agenda.

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