CIOs Maintain Confidence in Network Security, Survey Shows

Dec 29, 2000

MENLO PARK, CA -- Despite recent publicity about computer security breaches, most chief information officers (CIOs) believe their enterprises are relatively safe from internal and external security violations. In a recent survey, 91 percent of CIOs polled said they are confident about the security of their corporate networks.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by RHI Consulting, a leading consulting services firm that provides information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, "How confident are you that your firm's corporate networks are safe from both internal and external security breaches?" Their responses:

Very confident 36%
Somewhat confident 55%
Not very confident 7%
Not at all confident 1%
Don't know/no answer     1%

"Even organizations that believe they aren't likely targets for hackers should be prepared since business operations and productivity can be disrupted by malignant computer viruses," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting. "Corporate reliance on the Internet amplifies the need to hire additional IT staff and obtain funding for network security systems to protect against unauthorized access to confidential information."

In a survey commissioned earlier this year by RHI Consulting, 58 percent of CIOs said they had increased their investment in hardware, software and personnel to support their company's network security initiatives.

"The heightened emphasis on network security is generating strong demand for IT professionals with expertise in encryption and authentication, intrusion monitoring, and the administration of firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs)," said Spencer Lee.

RHI Consulting is a leading provider of technology professionals for the Internet economy. With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Australia, the company offers specialized consulting services, on a project and full-time basis, for IT initiatives ranging from e-business development and multiplatform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. For more information about RHI Consulting or to learn about online job search opportunities, please visit

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