Business security policies muddled in recession

Application delivery specialists F5 Networks have published research suggesting that nearly half of businesses don’t consider that cutting their IT budgets will increase vulnerability to security threats and are putting greater efficiency ahead of threat mitigation.

Application delivery specialists F5 Networks have published research suggesting that nearly half of businesses don’t consider that cutting their IT budgets will increase vulnerability to security threats and are putting greater efficiency ahead of threat mitigation.

The poll of 100 IT decision makers showed that many CIOs were aware of the value of putting in more dynamic infrastructures, through web-based applications, web 2.0 services and datacentre virtualisation, for example, but many were not making a connection between cost-cutting and vulnerability.

F5 cited figures from a recent Symantec security report,which showed a 165% increase in malicious code signatures recorded in 2008 over 2007.

Even in the current economic climate, over two thirds (67%) of organisations ranked aligning IT to their business needs as more important than cost (64%), productivity (59%) and security (51%).

F5 regional director of the UK and Ireland, Andy Travers said: “It is understandable that organisations are focusing on implementing technologies that drive efficiencies in the current economic climate, but they must also make sure that their security posture matches the different demands of virtualised environments.”

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