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IT security pros confident of defenses

The number of reported security incidents is rising quickly. Despite a significant increase in reported security incidents over the past year, a survey released this week by two industry groups reveals a high level of confidence on the part of IT security professionals. As of the third quarter 2003, public- and private-sector organizations reported 114,855 incidents to the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. That’s an increase of 40% over last year, according to the survey by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). The survey results indicated that the rise in reported incidents hasn’t dampened the confidence of many security administrators, but whether that accurately reflects the views of corporate security personnel is unclear. Of the 1,716 ISSA members surveyed, 70% were from government agencies or IT vendor and services firms; only 30% were from corporate users. Full Story

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