SOURCE: Computerworld

October 25, 2007 10:55 ET

Even With Tools in Place, Lack of Expertise Keeps Corporations Vulnerable to IT Threats

Onsite Poll at Storage Networking World Reveals Security Vulnerabilities

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 25, 2007) - A sampling of corporate America's top IT executives reveals that despite today's emerging technologies, the lack of IT security expertise is one of the biggest threats to their organization's secure networks. The survey was conducted last week during the twice-annual Storage Networking World Conference (SNW), an event designed specifically for IT executives and managers responsible for IT infrastructure and storage. Co-owned by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association, SNW is the world's largest IT storage networking event.

As the use of the Internet continues to rise and become a standard of doing business, IT executives are faced with a growing concern of protecting their computer networks from viruses and other attacks that can penetrate an IT enterprise. While one-third of the conference attendees participating in the survey said data and database encryption is their operation's weakest point, almost the same number said lack of IT security expertise was the their biggest vulnerability.

Overall, 37 percent said they were totally capable of withstanding hacker attacks but weaker to physical threats; 34 percent said their enterprises were weak to both physical and hacking threats. Of those surveyed, only 3 percent said their IT enterprises were completely "bulletproof."

"While encryption software and appliances are relatively easy to deploy, managing the keys to that technology continues to pose a concern to storage administrators. If you lose the key, you lose the data. I believe that is at the crux of security management issues," said Lucas Mearian, storage editor for Computerworld magazine. "As most IT managers know, 60 percent of cost relates to personnel. So the larger and more complex the infrastructure, the higher the personnel cost the organization will face."

Storage Networking World came to a close Thursday after the nation's top technology executives and managers gathered to discuss the most critical storage networking issues facing organizations today. The event took place Oct. 15-18 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas. Several of the leading technology companies took advantage of the select gathering by introducing various storage-related products and components.

In my role, "I need to stay on top of what is new out there and SNW provided an opportunity to learn and keep up with what technologies and trends are next," said Roland Etcheverry, Ph.D., CIO of Champion Technologies and a featured presenter at this fall's conference. "Personal connections are tremendously valuable and the reality is that now more and ever, business transactions often take place either by phone or email, and the SNW conference gives the IT storage networking industry a face-to-face, human dimension to business relationships."

Honorees were also announced for Computerworld's "Best Practices in Storage Awards," at a gala ceremony held at the conclusion of the event. (For more information, visit http://www.snwusa.com/awards for complete announcement and list of finalists and honorees.)

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