IT professionals focus on compliance as a means to become secure

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A fifth of IT professionals have admitted that they may not cope with the consequences of a major security breach.

An organiser's survey ahead of this week's IP Expo found that 18 per cent felt they would be unable to cope with the fallout of a major breach. The survey of 175 IT professionals from UK businesses of varying sizes also found that 44 per cent spent at least a quarter of their time on IT security, with 23 per cent saying that their approach to compliance compromised their security.

The survey also found that 70 per cent of respondents believed security would be best considered collaboratively and routinely across all aspects of IT.

Mike England, social business and content director at IP Expo, said: “Respondents to our survey overwhelmingly agreed that IT security should not be viewed as an isolated activity, but would best be treated as an integrated part of businesses' entire technology reviews and processes.”

Nigel Stanley, security practice leader at Bloor Research and IT security pathfinder at IP Expo, said: “What is clear is that even if someone's job doesn't directly involve security per se, everyone needs to be actively engaged in dealing with the problem.

“Security management needs to be a two-way process with the users actively engaged in the process. Generally, taking compliance steps should enhance an organisation's security, unless of course it is doing just enough to tick the boxes but failing to see the broader benefits of building a compliant business. However, reducing security posture to achieve compliance is bonkers.”

IP Expo, which starts on Wednesday 19 October at London's Earls Court 2, will include a dedicated IT security  area named SECURITY 11 where attendees can explore the impact of security on developing IT infrastructure, and discuss the latest tools and procedures being developed to meet the security challenges posed by cloud computing, storage, wireless, virtualisation and IP networking.

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