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Network Security Is Top of Mind for Executives, 25.3.07

(EIU research white paper entitled "Network Security: Protecting Productivity".)

AT&T Inc. announced today that network security is regarded by executives as the single most important attribute of their network, according to the results of a global survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for AT&T. The research reveals that a majority of executives (52 percent) now believe that having a converged network gives their companies better deference against IT security breaches. Furthermore, nearly 70 percent feel that IP helps ensure business continuity following an emergency.

The survey of 395 senior executives called 'Network Security: Protecting Productivity' also shows that, at the same time, network security concerns remain at the top of the list of barriers to implementing a converged IP network. IP convergence, although it may increase vulnerability in some ways, promises to take the network defences to new levels of sophistication and reliability, and today organizations are equipped with incomparably better tools to protect the network than they were even in the late 1990s.

The EIU white paper shows that, increasingly, executives feel especially concerned about the growing volumes of customer data they hold and manipulate, and 45 percent say that the holding of sensitive customer data on their network makes them feel "extremely" vulnerable from an electronic security perspective. Another 41 percent say the process of analyzing and acting upon detailed customer data also significantly increases their vulnerability.

Among the worst security threats cited by nearly half (49 percent) of executives is hackers. Protecting against viruses and worms also remains top of mind for companies but emerging as one of the most feared threats is identity theft -- mentioned by one-third of executives -- and their concerns are set to rise over the next three years.

The EIU research has also highlighted the importance of the chief security officer (CSO), and although typically the CEO remains the primary decision- maker for electronic security decision (with the exception in Europe where the CIO is more likely to hold this role), the role of the CSO is rising, with 12 percent of companies confirming this as the main decision-maker.

"Security is becoming more and more important in today's collaborative environment", comments Lloyd Salvage, AT&T's vice president in the U.K. "We are constantly talking to our customers and helping them to re-evaluate their requirements to ensure that their businesses are adequately protected at all times."

The white paper is the second of a series of thought-leadership papers in the Network Convergence series written by AT&T in co-operation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Subsequent papers in the series will explore how companies are addressing the challenges of managing applications integration and enterprise mobility.

Survey and Research Methodology

As part of the research for the paper, the Economist Intelligence Unit conducted an online worldwide survey of 395 senior executives across 51 countries and over 20 industries. The majority of respondents came from Western Europe (32%), Asia Pacific (30%), and North America (30%). Other respondents came from Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. 63% of those polled hailed from large firms with annual revenue of more than US$500 million. The top five industry sectors represented by the survey respondents were professional services, financial services, manufacturing, IT and technology, and healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. In addition to the survey research, the EIU conducted a series of one-to-one in-depth interviews with senior executives and analysts.

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"We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure. But these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not principles. We can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves. We can resolve the clash of interests without conceding our ideals. And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation.
Compromise need not mean cowardice. .."

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