THE MAGAZINE

Security Hand-Off

By John Wagley
Most U.S. enterprises (61 percent) are moving to adopt managed security services, according to Symantec’s Managed Security in the Enterprise report. Primary reasons include increasing malware attacks combined with inadequate budgets, increasing regulatory pressures and safety woes.
 
Forty-six percent of respondents say cyber threats have somewhat or significantly increased in the past two years. One major challenge in addressing the attacks concerns staffing. Two in five organizations say they are somewhat or significantly understaffed, primarily because of difficulties finding qualified applicants, layoffs, and budgetary shortfalls. Exacerbating the problem is that existing staff’s skill sets are too narrow, say respondents.
 
The study surveyed 1,000 U.S. and European IT managers in January 2009.

 

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