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February 2009

Encryption, DLP, disaster recovery top 2009 priorities

Without a doubt, compliance demands and fears of bad publicity from stolen or lost data continue to push security to the top of corporate agendas. But a deepening recession could put a real squeeze on security efforts this year. Readers who participated in Information Security's Priorities 2009 survey ranked data protection, threat management and other security initiatives as top concerns. At the same time, 27 percent of the more than 900 respondents expect their security budgets to remain flat and 23 percent are delaying some purchases. More than half expect security budget cuts if the economy doesn't rebound. "With tightening budgets, anything that's not essential will probably be put on hold," says Justin Drain, data security manager at Fremont Bank in the San Francisco Bay Area. "If what you have planned isn't designed to deal with compliance or an active threat, it would make sense to put it on hold." Kevin Dickey, CISO and deputy CIO for Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area, doesn't have much choice. Data ...

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