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The Security Paradox - An APAC study

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By: Nigel Stanley

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Medium sized organisations (those with 51 to
1,000 employees) in APAC are increasingly
concerned about IT security threats, and the
rising number of incidents shared publicly
certainly justifies their worries. The first half
of 2009, for example, saw almost as much new
malware as it did in all of 2008 [1]. At the same
time, most organisations have frozen or cut
their IT security budgets.

These realities are exploited by criminals, who
use the downturn to step up the pace. Disgruntled
employees are also walking away with
valued information assets, while businesses
scale back on defence in an effort to cut costs.
Unfortunately this is happening at a time when
businesses can ill afford downtime, decreased
productivity, stolen data, lost sales and a damaged
corporate reputation.

This report, sponsored by security vendor
McAfee, quantifies security spending within
APAC-based midsize organisations. The desire
to undertake this research reflects a
recognition by McAfee that they can only be
successful by understanding what the real
issues are in midsized businesses and how
these impact IT security.

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