Network World Survey Reveals IT Executives are Prepared After Terrorist Attacks

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – OCTOBER 22, 2001-In a recent survey conducted after the September 11 attack, the vast majority of Network IT Executives report that they have the tools in place to protect their networks from cyber attacks, according to Network World, the leading network news publication. Over 75% of those surveyed feel their IT department has the tools to protect and prevent their networks from cyber attacks and over 80% feel they have the tools in place to recover from physical and cyber attacks to their networks. Also notable was that 89% said that they will not increase IT spending as a result of the events on September 11.


Enterprise companies are also turning to telework as a result of the September 11 attacks, according to those surveyed. Nearly 40% of respondents said they expect an increase in teleworkers within the next 12 months, while 55% said they expect their teleworker populations will remain unchanged. Of those bracing for an increase, the average predicted about a 10% rise.

The survey was based on a random sample of 100 Network World qualified subscribers in companies with more than 1000 employees, who are responsible for choosing or approving network expenditures. It focused on a number of current industry issues, including network security, distributed workforces, privacy and IT spending priorities since September 11. The key findings in the survey were:

–76% feel their IT department has the tools to protect and prevent their networks from cyber attacks

–80% feel their IT department has the tools in place to recover from physical attacks to its networks

–89% said that IT spending will not change as a result of the events on September 11

–55% expect the number of teleworkers to stay the same in the next 12 months

–51% are no more concerned about cyber-attacks on their organizations' network infrastructure

–72% feel the American public needs to be prepared to give up some degree of privacy for the sake of national security

"We were surprised at how confident Network IT executives are about their network infrastructures," said John Dix, editor-in-chief of Network World. "The survey provided some interesting insight into their overall thinking about terrorism, but shows that Network IT Executives have diligently prepared for worst case scenarios and have faith in what they have built."

Network World is currently conducting an expansive IT spending survey that will be published on November 26.

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