Application delivery specialists F5 Networks have publishedresearch suggesting that nearly half of businesses don’t consider that cuttingtheir IT budgets will increase vulnerability to security threats and areputting greater efficiency ahead of threat mitigation.
The poll of 100 IT decision makers showed that many CIOswere aware of the value of putting in more dynamic infrastructures, throughweb-based applications, web 2.0 services and datacentre virtualisation, forexample, but many were not making a connection between cost-cutting andvulnerability.
F5 cited figures from a recent Symantec security report,which showed a 165% increase in malicious code signatures recorded in 2008 over2007.
Even in the current economic climate, over two thirds (67%) oforganisations ranked aligning IT to their business needs as more important thancost (64%), productivity (59%) and security (51%).
F5 regional director of the UKand Ireland,Andy Travers said: “It is understandable that organisations are focusing onimplementing technologies that drive efficiencies in the current economicclimate, but they must also make sure that their security posture matches thedifferent demands of virtualised environments.”