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New Information Security Survey - Why it Matters

New Information Security Survey - Why it Matters

I'm excited about today's launch of the 2010 Banking Information Security Today Survey, and you should be, too.

If you work in financial services, the connection is obvious. This is the comprehensive look at your industry, its concerns about information security and risk management, and it sets the tone for the challenges and solutions we're going to discuss all year.

If you work outside financial services - say, in government or healthcare - the connection may be less apparent, but the survey insights are no less applicable.

Think about it: Identity theft, fraud, regulatory compliance, vendor management, security awareness, risk management, privacy. These topics have no industry loyalty; they're common to all public and private organizations. When banking/security leaders discuss these topics, the conversations are absolutely relevant to security executives in other sectors.

And because trust and security are such an inherent part of banking - you can't succeed without either - the financial services industry often is at the cutting edge of information security strategies and solutions. So, if trust and security are big parts of your equation, then there's a lot to learn from this survey's results.

This is the third consecutive year we've conducted this research. In past years, it's given us fresh insights into topics such as vendor management and customer confidence before anyone else was talking about them. This year we're particularly interested in how organizations are fighting fraud, what they expect from regulatory reform, and which technologies/services they're banking on (pardon the pun) to drive success in 2010.

For the second straight year, may I add, I'll be presenting these survey results at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, starting on March 1. In fact, look for my session on day two of the event. Please arrive early or stay late and introduce yourself.

And stay tuned. This won't be the last survey we conduct in 2010.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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