Security against an external attack is the priority for UK companies.
According to results from the National Gateway Security Survey 2008, the greater security risk is an external threat despite an internal threat being highly regarded. The survey shows that the top priority for 2008 was securing the network from external attack, which 79 per cent rated as very important.
It also demonstrated a large move towards remote and mobile use, with securing remote access rated very important by 75 per cent and authenticating remote users rated important by 67 per cent. Of the 341 UK companies surveyed, 48 per cent had over 150 remote users and 11 per cent had 50 to 100 remote users.
Further, results showed that users do not consider IT security to be commoditised, with an easy to use solution preferred. In answers to questions on the importance of various factors in IT purchasing, price came only fourth at 73 per cent, behind ease of use at 90 per cent, performance at 90 per cent and reseller/supplier knowledge at 74. The relationship with the supplier was also rated highly at 66 per cent, while interestingly web purchasing availability came bottom of the list at only 15 per cent.