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February 2009

Recession forces security to measure and prioritize risks

Information Security February issue download Download the entire February issue of Information Security magazine here in PDF format. By MICHAEL S. MIMOSO, Editor Grimly and anticlimactically, the National Bureau of Economic Research made it official on Dec. 1 that the United States economy had been in a recession for more than a year. The projections for when the wounded dollar would be able to right itself weren't much better, with experts forecasting a continued downturn throughout this year with slight recovery starting in 2010. Few markets are immune to a recession, yet information security seems somewhat armored against economic troubles. Why? Compliance requirements don't deflate in a recession. Hackers don't lower their swords in a recession. Laid off insiders aren't less disgruntled in a recession. And integration woes brought on by endless mergers aren't lessened in a recession. But information security isn't completely recession proof. CISOs are facing flat budgets (or ever-so-slight increases) and non-essential ...

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