What <I>Are</I> They Thinking?


This just in. Actually, in over the weekend, but the garden got my priority.

A survey conducted last week among 60 security executives at the CSO Interchange in Chicago found that all of them felt they were prepared to deal with spam, worms and viruses, and denial of service attacks. Not quite as many felt like they had a handle on accidental data loss or attacks that play upon social engineering techniques. And 75 percent said their jobs have become "more difficult" or "substantially more difficult" in the past year. The event was founded by former White House advisor Howard Schmidt and Qualys CEO Philippe Courtot; Qualys sponsored the forum.

Other things on the security execs' minds: 38 percent said they have boosted their compliance budgets in the past 12 months; 75 percent must comply with more than five laws or regulations; and approximately 70 percent report that their security budget is less than 10 percent of their total IT budget. But it these two stats that will probably be of most interest to CRN> readers: 83 percent look outside for less than 10 percent of their security needs and 40 percent don't outsource any security processes at all.

Speaking of Security, I heard last week that one of GTSI's leading security executives has been promoted. Arpad Toth, who built out the integrator's Physical Security practice and also formed the InteGuard Alliance (a consortium of more than 60 security players), will become chief technologist of Enterprise Technology Practices. Toth is also part of the ASIS International Chief Security Officers Roundtable, which includes 50 senior officials from all facets of private industry who focus on linking security issues and public policy.

Way to go, Arpad!