Computerworld’s Post-9/11 Survey Raises Concerns About IT Spending for Security and Disaster Recovery

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 5, 2002 – Results of an original survey released by IDG's Computerworld today offer a worrisome glimpse inside corporate data security and disaster preparedness in the year since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Responding to an online survey, more than 2,600 IT professionals and managers who visited said that while security and disaster readiness are indeed chief concerns for IT departments across the county, many companies still have not committed the proper resources needed.


Full results of the poll will be disclosed in the September 9 print edition of Computerworld and on

Despite a steady drumbeat of concern about IT security, the Computerworld survey showed that 41 percent of companies have not undertaken new IT projects to improve disaster preparedness or recovery operations. Furthermore, 53 percent of the respondents said their budgets for security and disaster preparedness had not increased during the past 12 months.

"It's alarming to see that such a large number of companies have done so little to increase funding for and protection of vital corporate data to assure business continuance after any kind of disaster," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. "We keep hearing that security is a number one concern for CEOs today. But without the necessary resources, it's a lot of talk but little action."

At companies where IT spending for security and disaster readiness had increased, the survey found that most have funded those endeavors out of existing IT budgets. The following arenas topped security spending among respondents:

1) Data security — 26 percent

2) Data back-up — 25 percent

3) Internet security — 20 percent

4) Physical security — 19 percent

5) Virus detection software — 16 percent

The smallest spending categories were in biometrics (2.4 percent) and authentication technologies (10 percent). A majority of the survey respondents (53 percent) noted that their companies had not taken any action to integrate physical security with IT operations for additional protection of employees.

To speak with Computerworld's editor in chief further about the survey and the state of corporate security and disaster preparedness, or to view the full results of the survey, please contact Iain Pollock at (781) 915-5015 or at

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