Wireless Networks, Mobile Apps, Cloud Play Large Role in IT Security

1 - Wireless Networks, Mobile Apps, Cloud Play Large Role in IT Security
2 - Security a Top Area of Investment in 2013
3 - Bigger Clouds on the Horizon
4 - Investment in Mobile Security Rises
5 - Mobile Devices Perceived as a Growing Threat
6 - Businesses Expand Their Disaster Plans
7 - Data Storage Moving to the Cloud
8 - Rising DDoS Threats Have Businesses Planning Accordingly
9 - Disaster, Threat Protection Efforts Increase—Slightly
10 -Wireless Playing a Bigger Role Than Ever Before
11 - Surveying the Threat Landscape and Disaster Readiness
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Wireless Networks, Mobile Apps, Cloud Play Large Role in IT Security

by Nathan Eddy

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Security a Top Area of Investment in 2013

More than half of the executives surveyed (63 percent) cite the looming threat of security breaches as their most important security concern for 2013.

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Bigger Clouds on the Horizon

Seventy-six percent of companies are using the cloud or plan to invest in cloud services in 2013. Of those surveyed, 62 percent already include cloud services as part of their corporate infrastructure.

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Investment in Mobile Security Rises

The majority of organizations surveyed invest in mobile security services. Of those companies, 66 percent take proactive measures against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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Mobile Devices Perceived as a Growing Threat

The vast majority (84 percent) of executives indicated they are concerned about the use of mobile networks and devices and their impact on security threats.

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Businesses Expand Their Disaster Plans

More than three-fourths (78 percent) of companies said their business continuity plan accommodates the possibility of a network security event.

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Data Storage Moving to the Cloud

For disaster recovery purposes, just under half (49 percent) of companies said they plan on leveraging cloud computing for data storage.

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Rising DDoS Threats Have Businesses Planning Accordingly

More than half (52 percent) of businesses surveyed are taking proactive measures by identifying potential attacks with DDoS protection services.

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Disaster, Threat Protection Efforts Increase—Slightly

Eighty-seven percent of executives indicate their organizations have a business continuity plan in place in case of a disaster or threat—a slight uptick from the 86 percent recorded last year.

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Wireless Playing a Bigger Role Than Ever Before

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of companies surveyed included their wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plan.

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Surveying the Threat Landscape and Disaster Readiness

AT&T has conducted this study for 12 consecutive years, surveying IT executives from companies in the United States with at least $25 million in annual revenue to measure the national pulse on business continuity planning.

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