IT security remains a top enterprise focus, but CIOs and CSOs are struggling to wade through continued hype, tightening budgets and business executives who may be struggling with a high-tech form of buyer's remorse.
''The inhibiting effects of the economic downturn and buyer's remorse over previous grand plan security initiatives are in balance with a defensive stance driven by modern political realities, as well as demands for privacy," says Victor S. Wheatman, vice president and research area director for Gartner. ''The result is that enterprises tend to implement products and services that are 'good enough', while navigating through minefields of over-promoted products, or products so advanced, the need is not readily apparent.''
Wheatman was speaking at Gartner Symposium/IT Expo in San Diego this week.
''Investing in an over-hyped technology too early can result in a complete waste of enterprises security funds,'' Wheatman adds. ''Enterprises should focus on their assessment of business needs and threats to prioritize security needs.''
Gartner analysts say there is a fairly short list of security issues that are key to enterprises in 2003. That list includes: