Not So Secure
The demand for techies with security backgrounds increases every day. Project manager security specialists are in particularly short demand, according to Charlie Jones, vice president of operations at Yoh, a Philadelphia-based international staffing company.
The only way companies can meet homeland-security requirements, protect against data theft, viruses and cyber-terrorism, and comply with government regulations is to hire more security professionals, says Jones.
Senior executives were warned about the importance of getting on the security stick. It took the reality of Sarbanes-Oxley to drive it all home.
Meanwhile, the problem gets worse. Rob Clyde, vice present of technology at Symantec, hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said that information security is no longer a technology issue--it's a CEO issue. At a breakfast meeting of the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) at the Canyon Park Technology Center in Orem, Clyde said that the average system is attacked every seven minutes, and that spyware and adware attacks grew by 25 percent in the latter half of 2004. There were 4.7 million new spammed e-mails per day during the last six months of 2004 alone.
Equally upsetting, Clyde went on to say that the majority of smaller companies, in particular, employ just anti-virus software at the desktop and a firewall at the point of Internet access
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