Security Market Segment LS
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:03

Changed security approach in face of 'dark events' of 2011


High-profile hacking incidents, described as the 'dark events' of 2011, have caused Australian CIOs, IT and security managers to increase spending and change their approach to security this year, according to a new report released today.

In a survey of more than 320 senior IT executives in Australia, technology analyst firm, Telsyte, found that nearly a quarter of enterprises are changing their security strategy as a result of the events of 2011, and that there is an increased awareness of security by the board and senior management which represents the 'most significant strategic shift' along with more focus on operating system security, backups and disaster recovery.

According to Telsyte senior analyst, Rodney Gedda, the survey found that CIOs and others would alter their information security strategies in response to the spate of high-profile hacking incidents which occurred in 2011 and, he added, for many Australian CIOs and security engineers the 'dark events of 2011 have turned into a helping hand.'

'Security if often viewed by senior management as an unwanted operating expense, but when the company's reputation and revenue is exposed, as demonstrated so flagrantly last year, security becomes more strategic,' Gedda says.

According to Telsyte's research, security spending is on the up with 29 per cent of organisations planning to increase their budget in 2012. 'With security spending on the up this year CIOs are looking to engage with numerous providers to defend their organisations against increasingly multi-faceted threats,' Gedda adds.

Telsyte also found that while malware and hacks are still king, cloud and mobile are seen as emerging threats, and that the top security priorities for Australian CIOs are stopping malware and preventing external attacks.  

The analyst firm also says there is an increasing amount of concern in Australia around the threat mobile devices like smartphones and media tablets pose, as well as cloud computing.

According to Gedda, approximately 20 per cent of CIOs rate mobile and cloud security as a critical priority and around one-third rate them as very important. 'While mobile and cloud security are still relatively low on the security priority list for CIOs, these will become an increasing priority, particularly if there are high-profile incidents relating to these two trends.'

Gedda says that a significant percentage of organisations have experienced at least one information security breach over the past 12 months, indicating threats are very real and require constant defence.

'Mobile security incidents outnumber cloud data breaches, but with the events of 2011 looking to continue this year CIOs need to be prepared for a high-profile security incident outside their organisation's borders.'

Gedda said Telsyte's security research covered the Australian security industry, with more than 40 companies considered including AVG, Barracuda, CA Technologies, Check Point, Cisco, CyberTrust, Dimension Data, Earthwave, EMC/RSA, Entrust, F5 Networks, Fujitsu, IBM, Juniper, Kaseya, Kaspersky, Macquarie Telecom, McAfee, M86 Security, Microsoft, Optus, Symantec, Sonicwall, Sophos, Sourcefire, Telstra, Trend Micro and Webroot.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here


The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous




Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News