CIOs Send U.S. Government Cyber Message

SAN DIEGO – AUGUST 16, 2000 – In a new CIO KnowPulse(SM) poll, conducted by IDG's CIO magazine, chief information officers and business executives send a clear message to the U.S. government concerning regulation of the Internet economy — get direction from the information technology (IT) front lines before setting cyber policies. "Better than anyone, our respondents understand the future of technology and the labyrinth of pitfalls ahead. They can provide government decision makers with valuable first-hand experience to make educated decisions about Internet privacy and security issues and the IT staffing crisis," says Abbie Lundberg, CIO magazine editor in chief.


Headline Highlights

Weighing in on Election 2000, 46% of poll respondents choose the Bush/Cheney ticket as the best suited to serve during the most technology- enlightened era in history. Respondents also have opinions on the debate over Napster as a business cannibal, with 60% agreeing with Ben Affleck and Prince — that companies need to hop the bus or miss the ride. And 48% of the group said employee terminations have occurred as a result of corporate Internet policy infractions detected by e-mail and/or Internet monitoring tools.

CIOs' U.S. Government Cyber Message Details:

— 85% support legislation requiring websites to inform their visitors of their data collection practices.

— 42% believe that relaxing immigration laws to allow as many as 200,000 foreign IT workers into the United States each year is not a solution to the IT staffing crisis.

— 62% of the group agree with CIO Publisher Gary Beach's proposal that Congress mandate that some of the foreign technology workers allowed into the country must teach future American technology workers — rather than simply replace them.

— 53% believe international law can be used to develop and enforce penalties for hackers and virus-mongers.

— 58% think President Clinton should appoint a computer security czar to serve as the federal government's watchdog on IT-related security issues.

— 40% believe the use of the FBI's Carnivore — an application that captures e-mail received or sent by a person under investigation — even with a court order, is a violation of personal privacy

In addition to the aforementioned, the group expressed their opinions on other Internet policy, privacy and security issues. Seventy-seven percent of respondent companies have a defined, written, communicated Internet policy. The top three fireable Internet or e-mail offenses were identified as sexually harassing someone (90%), sending pornography to colleagues (84%) and compromising trade secrets (80%).


The poll of 261 CIOs and other business executives was taken on August 14, 2000, at the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony in San Diego. Representing the Fortune 1000 and some of the hottest dotcoms, the respondents reflect the most in-the-know technology executives in the world.


Question 1

On Tuesday, August 15, the Department of Justice will respond to Microsoft's appeal that accuses Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of prejudicial treatment against Microsoft. Do you think Judge Jackson acted in a biased way?

Yes 28%

No 47%

Unsure 25%

Question 2

The Computer Security Institute estimates more than 74 percent of companies have experienced financial losses due to cyber crime. Has your company been victimized by external computer crime?

Yes 26%

No 62%

Unsure 11%

Question 3

How are you dealing with security issues resulting from the connectivity demands of a mobile workforce?*

Don't provide mobile access 1%

Provide limited access (e-mail only) 8%

Full access with normal authentication

(single dial-in password) 40%

Full access with strict verification

(layered password access) 50%

Biometric authentication

(fingerprint, retinal scans) 0%

Other 0%