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Many Offices Holding the Line on Post-9/11 Security Outlays

Thomas E. Cavanagh, a researcher who has spent three years studying how corporations responded to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, set out last spring to answer a basic question: were executives of midsize companies – including potentially vulnerable industries like transportation, financial services, utilities and telecommunications – spending more on security than they did before the disaster? The results were not without surprises: almost half the roughly 100 companies on which he gained information had not increased annual spending on security at all after Sept. 11. Indeed, nearly 40 percent of the executives said security was an expense that should be minimized. And, in a different sort of measure of the commitment to heightened security, a quarter of the companies said their chief executives had not met in the last year with their security chiefs. Full Story

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