Business executives deem security as the most important aspect of their corporate network, latest figures show.The global study, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit for AT&T, found that more than half (52 per cent) of those surveyed believe that having a converged IP network provides their business with better protection against security breaches. Almost 70 per cent said that an IP network helps maintain business continuity following an emergency.
The research, which sought the views of 395 senior executives, also found that 45 per cent of respondents feel “extremely” concerned about the increasing volumes of customer data held by the company. A further, 41 per cent said that the analysis of sensitive consumer information significantly enhances their susceptibility.
The figures also reveal that nearly half (49 per cent) of those executives surveyed believe that hackers are the most serious threat to their business and a third said that identity theft is their greatest concern.
“Security is becoming more and more important in today's collaborative environment,” said Lloyd Salvage, vice president for AT&T UK. “We are constantly talking to our customers and helping them to re-evaluate their requirements to ensure that their businesses are adequately protected at all times.”