Computerworld Survey Shows Nation’s Top Corporations Believe Their Stored Data is Vulnerable to Security Threats

ORLANDO, FL. – NOVEMBER 7, 2006 – Some of corporate America's top IT executives say their company's storage networking infrastructure is weak to both physical and hacking threats. The survey was conducted last week during the twice-annual Storage Networking World Conference (SNW), an event designed specifically for IT executives and managers. Co-owned by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association, SNW is the world's largest storage networking event.

Approximately one-third of the conference attendees participating in the survey said their company's storage networking infrastructure is vulnerable to physical and hacking threats, while another one-third said they feel 100-percent able to withstand hackers but weaker to physical threats. However, 27 percent of those surveyed said they believe their company's storage networking infrastructure is redundant and completely able to withstand a physical threat.

Confronting storage management issues appears to be more challenging, with corporate IT managers pointing to money and organizational complexity as the top challenges. 41 percent of those surveyed said IT budget constraints are the biggest obstacle and 36 percent pointed to the complexity of the storage infrastructure as the biggest hurdle.

And as storage networks become even more complex and the supporting technology more advanced, corporate IT managers are using different approaches to address issues with their corporate network. About 31 percent said they are implementing virtualization technology while 28 percent are implementing new and better SRM and SAN management tools. Another 22 plan to hire more technical support and implementation staff as a way to address their storage complexity, while approximately 10 percent said they are implementing storage or workflow process automation.

With more investments earmarked toward storage technology, 41 percent said the next type of storage technology investment for their data center will be virtualization; 32 percent said "disk-to-disk copy technology while 14 percent said ILM, 9 percent named data grid technology, and 5 percent said security technology.

"Without data, most businesses would not be able to function. Data is our businesses lifeline so it needs to be secure, available when we need it, and the integrity and the confidentiality needs to be preserved," said Kevin Siegfried, information security officer for Starwood Vacation Ownership in Orlando, a division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. "It is critical that businesses today adhere to regulatory requirements and organizations create an internal governance function to address the flow of data through the business environment."

"In most organizations, especially ours, the high availability of data is critical in our industry," said Shon LeGette, manager of computer operations for AAA. "Now that we are in an electronic age, today's business is wrapped around data and constantly needs to be managed. Any downtime of an information technology system will have negative affects on an organization. And as IT managers, we need to constantly improve our ability to make sure the data we manage is accessible, secure, and recoverable."

Storage Networking World came to a close Friday after the nation's top technology executives and managers gathered to discuss the most critical storage networking issues facing organizations today. SNW took place Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Honorees were also announced for Computerworld's "Best Practices in Storage Awards," at a gala ceremony held at the conclusion of the event. (For more information, visit http://www.snwusa.com/awards for complete announcement and list of winners.)

For more information on this and next year's Storage Networking World Conference, visit http://www.snwusa.com/index .

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the Voice of IT, is recognized worldwide as the premier source for news, information and opinion on the critical technology and management issues affecting senior technology professionals. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Computerworld has an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture) and a total print audience of 1,337,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006). Computerworld is on the Web at www.computerworld.com .

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including Storage Networking World(R), Premier 100(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO(R) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

About the Storage Networking Industry Association

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of more than 460 member companies and close to 7,000 active individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org .

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