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Risks of Doing E-Business

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Who does the best job of protecting data on computers?

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Virus Alert

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Top Security Job Markets

RISKS OF DOING E-BUSINESS

The threat from computer crimes and other online security breaches has barely slowed, never mind stopped, according to a recent survey of 538 security professionals in U.S. corporations that was conducted by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI's Computer Intrusion Squad.
Reported breaches in the past six months 85%
Reported financial losses in the past six months 64%
Could quantify financial losses 35%
TOTAL QUANTIFIABLE LOSSES

Year 2000 (265,589,940)

Year 2001 (projected) (377,828,700)

TYPES OF QUANIFIABLE LOSS

Theft of proprietary information $151.2M

Fraud $92.9M

ATTACKS REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

Year 2000 25%

Year 2001 (projected) 36%

ATTACKS ON THE RISE
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Source: Computer Security Institute/FBI Computer Intrusion Squad, Washington; survey of 538 IT security professionals

NET INTRUSIONS COST BILLIONS

Though the cost of intrusions is high, many companies still haven't devoted many resources to protecting themselves.

Total annual cost of online security breaches to corporations

$15B

Percentage of companies that have yet to implement adequate security

30%

Percentage of companies that spend 5% or less of their IT budget on security for their networks

50%
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Source: DataMonitor PLC, New York
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Who does the best job of protecting data on computers?


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Source: Information Technology Association of America, Arlington, Va.

Only 0.4% of a company's revenue, on average, is dedicated to information security in the U.S. By 2011, however, that figure will accelerate tenfold to 4% of revenue for U.S. companies, according to Gartner Inc.'s total cost of ownership model for information security.


U.S. INCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICES EXPENDITURES BY SERVICE ACTIVITY

Key findings include the fact that services will experience growth respective to the number of cyberattacks, and security breaches and individual service activity spending over time will increase or decrease at varying rates, according to incident severity and frequency.

1999 2000 2001 2002
Cyberforensics $14M $24M $36M $45M
Incident-response services $74M $94M $129M $152M
Total $88M $118M $165M $197M
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Source: IDC,Framingham, Mass., 2001

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VIRUS ALERT
Downtime From Viruses
Judging by server downtime, which increased substantially from 1999, viruses are starting to take their toll on network performance:
1999 2000
Servers down for more than one hour 9% 64%
File problems from viruses 50% 66%
Companies with data loss 31% 40%
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Source: ICSA Labs, Carlisle, Pa.; ICSA LABS 6th Annual Computer Virus Prevalence Survey 2000
Top 10 Viruses
The most active viruses in the past four weeks, according to MessageLabs Ltd., a U.K.-based virus-detection agency:
Number of Virus Detections in the Past Four Weeks
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E-Mail Flu Season
The following graph plots the ratio of viruses to e-mail during the past 12 months. You can see that the ratio varies from one virus in every 1,400 e-mails in September 2000 to one in every 400 in May 2001.
Ratio of Viruses to E-mail From July '00 to June '01
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Source: Messagelabs Ltd., Gloucester, U.K.

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TOP SECURITY JOB MARKETS
Where's the best pay for security pros?
Total compensation amounts for information security professionals, by region (2000).
REGION STATES COMPENSATION
South Atlantic D.C., Del., Fla., Ga., Md., N.C., S.C., Va., W.Va. $82,800
East South Central Ala., Miss., Ky., Tenn. $75,500
East North Central Ill., Ind., Mich., Ohio, Wis. $71,300
National average

$66,300
Pacific Alaska, Calif., Hawaii, Ore., Wash. $64,100
Mountain Ariz., Colo., Idaho, Mont., N.M., Nev., Utah, Wyo. $61,300
New England Conn., Mass., Maine, N.H., R.I., Vt. $58,900
West South Central Ark., La., Okla., Texas $58,400
Middle Atlantic N.J., N.Y., Pa. $58,400
West North Central Iowa, Kan., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., S.D. $55,400
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Source: Computerworld's 2000 Annual Salary Survey, published Sept. 4
Cashing-in in consulting
Top-paying industries for information security professionals.

RANK

INDUSTRY

COMPENSATION
1 Business services, consulting $76,400
2 Business services, information technology $72,500
3 Government (state and federal) $63,000
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National average $66,300
Security at a premium
The salary premiums (additional compensation above base salary) paid to IT professionals with security skills.
RANK TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY SKILL PREMIUM
1 Network development 20%
2 Security 18%
3 E-commerce application development 18%
4 Directories 17.5%
5 Internet application development 17%
6 Enterprise resource planning 17%
7 Data warehousing/data mining 16%
8 Web server administration 16%
9 Customer relationship management 15.5%
10 Online transaction processing 14.5%
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Source: Computerworld's 2000 Annual Skills Survey, published Dec. 4

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