Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Telus-Rotman IT Security Study
by Gerald Trites

Telus and the Rotman School of Management have released a major survey of the state of IT Security in Canada. Based on interviews of more than 300 Canadian IT specialists, the survey led to the conclusion that overall, Canadian IT Security compares well with that of the US and other parts of the world. The reason for this is that Canadian firms and organiaations have invested heavily in security over recent years because of PCI and PIPEDA concerns. Nevertheless, the survey indicates that Canadian organizations may not have achieved as great satisfaction from their investments as yet. The survey showed that the level of maturity of security implementation in Canada lags behind all of the US, Europe and Asia.

The survey concluded that there should be more attention to such matters as performance metrics, utili\zation of such metrics in performance evaluation, and encryption techniques at the database and other levels of storage.

The study is down loadable from the Telus website. The survey is the first in a series anticipated to number four more.

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