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CDW IT Threat Prevention Poll: Data Loss is Number One Enemy

“The survey confirms that IT management loses the most sleep over human error or malice,” said Doug Eckrote, CDW’s senior vice president, strategic solutions and services. “Yet, it is troubling to see so many organizations still struggling with preventable threats such as viruses and worms, when the stakes are so much higher from the risks that newer threats pose.”

Regardless of which threat worries them most, only 17 percent of participants say that nothing at all would convince their companies to invest in higher levels of threat prevention, and 18 percent say that only a significant breach of their systems would compel an escalation in security investment. However, showing optimism that their executive management understands the business risks, 39 percent of respondents believe that a specific assessment pointing out vulnerabilities in their current IT security systems would lead to an increased investment in network protection.

The survey found that businesses concerned primarily about evolved forms of current, preventable threats tend to be smaller than those concerned with other threats and have less support or understanding of IT security risks among their executive management. Nearly half (41 percent) of the “evolved threats” group are businesses with less than 100 network user seats, compared to just 20 percent of those focused on other threats. Only 57 percent of the “evolved threats” group agrees that their executive management team understands the risks of IT security breaches, versus 72 percent of all other participants.

“It’s critical for businesses to secure themselves with the effective, readily available shields against ordinary threats, to free up time and resources for more proactive action against data loss and the rising threats of botnets and malicious, targeted attacks,” CDW’s Eckrote said.

“IT security issues have business implications well beyond the IT network itself, as they can touch a company’s customers or cost a company significant loss of business advantage,” Eckrote continued.  “The most important strategy is to understand exactly what assets are at stake within your own system and the value that they represent, so that you can match the protection to the value.  With the typical IT department working at overload on most days, doing a comprehensive, specific assessment can be a challenge, but a good partner or ally may be able to help you over that mountain.”
The full IT Threat Prevention Straw Poll report also includes data related to the three threat prevention strategies that businesses are deploying – best-of-breed, unified threat management (UTM) and single-vendor dominant architecture – and breakdowns of the reasoning cited by companies of different sizes for choosing their strategies.

For a copy of the complete IT Threat Prevention Straw Poll, please visit www.cdw.com/threatprevention.  For more about CDW’s security capabilities and offerings, please visit http://www.cdw.com/content/solutions/security/.

About CDW
CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education.  Ranked No. 41 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs.  The company’s technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions.  Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions. CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 6,150 coworkers. In the twelve months trailing March 31, 2010, the company generated sales of $7.6 billion. For more information, visit CDW.com.

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