Survey Shows CIOs Increasing Investment in Network Security

Aug 17, 2000

MENLO PARK, CA -- How failsafe is your network? A new survey shows technology executives are placing a high priority on network security -- 58 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said they've invested greater resources in security measures over the past six months.

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

CIOs were asked, "Has your company increased its investment, including hardware, software and personnel, in corporate network security in the past six months?" Their responses:

Yes 58%
No 41%
Don't Know     1%

"Companies are becoming more proactive in securing internal and external networks -- particularly those that are web-based -- as a means of forestalling potential risks before they disrupt business operations," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting. "It's critical to identify your enterprise's vulnerabilities and establish policies to address them and prevent an actual security breach."

Spencer Lee points out that firms are placing a premium on technical expertise in such areas as encryption and authentication, safeguarding of firewalls, intrusion monitoring and administration of virtual private networks (VPNs). "A growing number of businesses rely on the Internet for both commerce and exchange of information and data, the need to minimize exposure is paramount," she said.

RHI Consulting provides firms with skilled IT professionals for projects ranging from e-commerce initiatives and multiplatform systems integration to help desk and network support. The company has locations throughout North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at

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