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Insider threats and regulatory requirements are driving organizations to spend money on strong authentication and encryption, but companies have a variety of security initiatives planned for next year.

In addition to deploying two-factor authentication, Decosimo expects to spend more next year on physical security. Plans also call for upgrading the company's disaster recovery/business continuity process, Joyce says.

A big project for Texas Health Resources will be implementing single sign-on with biometric authentication as an option for certain computers--a project that had been previously budgeted.

"I'd like to say it's to enhance security, but the main reason is that it's what the doctors want. The perception is that it will speed up signing onto the computer," Sutton says.

Meanwhile, patch management is something Edmonton police will be spending more money on in 2007. Until recently, the service didn't have an automated means of deploying patches.

"We've got an interim means now and we will be spending more to improve that," Clissold says. Beyond specific technologies, the service plans to focus on the convergence of physical and IT security, he adds.

For Rutgers' Oliver, better formalizing of his school's data security policies and procedures is one of his main goals for 2007. Information is critical to a university's research, teaching and service missions, he says.

"You can't have faculty research without

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maintaining secure and confidential data.... You can't have student services without having information safe," Oliver says.

This was first published in December 2006

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