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Down Under: Where Security Is SO Last Tuesday…

I read this article from Network World (Australia) where the author relayed the pinnings of C-levels from Australia and New Zealand by titling his story thusly: "If only reducing costs was as easy as security, say CIOs"

It seems that based upon a recent study, IDC has declared that "…conquering IT security is a breeze for CIOs.

I’m proud of my Kiwi lineage, but I had no idea my peeps were so ahead of the curve when it comes to enlightened advancements in IT security governance.  They must all deploy GRC suites and UTM or something? 

Anton, there must be something in the logs down there!

As per that famous line in "When Harry Met Sally," I respond with "I’ll have what [s]he’s having…" 

Check this out:

The IDC Annual Forecast for Management report surveyed 363 IT executives from Australia (254 respondents) and New Zealand (109 respondents) across industries including finance, distribution, leisure and the public sector.

Information security was rated last place in the Top 10 challenges for CIOs.

Threats targeting the application layer were cited as the biggest concern (36%), while spyware (16%) was rated as a bigger threat than disgruntled employees, remote access, and mobile devices.

The CIOs top priority for the next 12 months was reducing costs and addressing a lack of resources. This was followed by meeting user expectations and developing effective business cases.

The top four IT investments for the next year will be in collaborative technologies and knowledge management; systems infrastructure; back office applications; and business intelligence.

I’m no analyst, but allow me to suggest that just because security is not the top priority or "challenge" does NOT mean they have the problem licked.   It simply means it’s not a priority!

Perhaps it’s that these CIO’s recognize that they’ve been spending their budgets on things that aren’t making a difference and should instead be focusing on elements that positively impact corporate sustainability and survivability as an on-going concern instead?

The most hysterical thing about this article — besides the re-cockulous premise they overly-hyped and the (likely) incorrect interpretation of results the title suggests — is that on the same page as this article which suggests the security problem is licked, we see this little blurb for a NWW podcast:


So, there we have it.  A direct tie.  Security is solved and failing, all at the same time!



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  1. May 7th, 2008 at 18:04 | #1

    Didn't you hear? IDS and NAC are dead.
    These are the kind of articles that prevent me from getting funding. I suppose the company will now want to relocate to Sydney

  2. May 7th, 2008 at 18:09 | #2

    It is therefore imperative that the next time you're in the airport that you pickup one of those Rosetta Stone "Australian" language editions prior to your ex-patriation ceremony here so you'll be comfortable in your new business' HQ in 'straaaaylia.

  3. May 8th, 2008 at 05:22 | #3

    Silly IT journalists…

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