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How much do end-users know about content security?

October 7, 2008

How much do end-users know about content security?

CRN Australia, September 30, 2008

This article makes a very critical point that we don’t want you to miss:

    “Data levels and the importance of corporate content have never been higher.
    Talk of potential new regulations aside, content security is still a hot topic in the industry and could well produce a huge opportunity for the local channel community.”

“These pressures are coupled with constantly evolving security threats and emerging technologies”, said Patrik Bihammar, senior analyst for security solutions in A/NZ. “Organizations in A/NZ will need to continue to invest in IT security to maintain their security and risk posture and protect their assets and information against increasingly sophisticated threats targeting the core of any business, its information and intellectual property.”

The article also shows that data security is a growing market globally, and highlights IDC’s recent prediction that the market for security solutions in Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ) will surpass $1.6 billion by 2011. Importantly, the article presents this inquiry to two security experts asking, “How high are levels of end-user awareness around the importance of content security?”

According to Peter Croft, Managing director at Clearswift Asia Pacific, Web 2.0 is a concept that business leaders are just now beginning to keep an eye on. With social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace becoming a popular office tool for collaboration purposes, imagine how easy it is for employees to accidentally post private corporate information. Chris Barton
ANZ Regional Manager at Sonicwall seems to agree. Although a recent survey suggests that Australian workers are less likely to download non-work related items onto their work computer, he says that social networks can threaten passwords, documents and general intellectual property.

Take a complete look at these experts’ comments and think about your own corporate standards and security culture. How important is content security in your organization?

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