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Asian companies improve information security: survey

AFP , WASHINGTON

Asian companies, primarily those in India, have vastly improved their information security practices, equaling and even surpassing many North American firms, a survey released on Wednesday said.

The State of Information Security Survey 2008 found that while Asian companies have made great progress, efforts to improve information security in Europe “appear to have stalled.”

Consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and CIO and CSO magazines polled 7,000 information technology executives from 119 countries from March to June on the challenges of protecting corporate information assets.

“Boosted primarily by the widespread progress made by companies in India, Asian companies are now on par and many surpass North American companies in establishing leading practices in security,” the survey found.

“Companies in India have reported strong, consistent, double-digit gains across virtually every security domain and have taken a strategic approach to security,” said Mark Lobel of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The survey also found that “South American security and privacy practices are advancing so quickly, they are likely to surpass Europe’s within two years.”

The survey said more organizations than ever were encrypting databases (55 percent), laptops (50 percent), backup tapes (47 percent) and other media.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they were implementing an “overall information security strategy,” which includes the increased use of intrusion detection software, firewalls and the disposal of outdated computer hardware.

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