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July 2005

Publisher's Note: Security goals

Security pros are wimping out on the hard stuff. What's your No. 1 security goal this year? If I were a betting man, I'd go all in that you'd say, "improving regulatory compliance," "developing security metrics" or some other strategic activity. Well, good thing I know when to fold, because the actual answer is much more tactical: "preventing viruses and worms." According to a new Information Security survey, 93 percent of 430 security pros surveyed said malware defense is a "very important" or "important" goal for 2005. Turns out none of the top three security priorities for 2005 have anything to do with broader security, IT or business strategy. The top priorities are all about the same old ops that have long defined security: controlling malware, including viruses, worms and spyware, and hardening the corporate perimeter against external attacks. Improving compliance is No. 4 on the list, but other strategic activities, like controlling security costs and increasing spending efficiency, are toward the bottom. We also asked ...

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