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2010 Information Security & Compliance Trend Study
The survey found that the single largest security concern for 2010 is meeting security compliance requirements. This was the uppermost issue for over 30% of respondents. There was no good news in the anticipated number of breaches, with over 94% of respondents anticipating that security breaches will increase in 2010. However, this is balanced by increasing awareness of senior executives. Over 66% of respondents believe their executives are more aware of organizations security risks than they were 12 months ago.
Additionally, most organizations believe they can effectively identify and address security and compliance issues before an audit begins but respondents pointed to a two year trend of audit costs increasing or remaining steady so the operational impact of this level of preparation has not yet been reflected in reduced audit costs. Respondents indicated the greatest area of concern is in reducing network and information security risk, followed closely by demonstrating continuous compliance and enforcing compliance with internal security policy.