Poll: Security moves to top of technology buy list

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Security technologies will play the biggest role in organizations’ computer procurements this year, according to the results of a new web poll conducted by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

The poll surveyed over 1,100 IT professionals, 24.3 percent of whom feel that security technologies will have the greatest impact on their organizations. Security technology was viewed as one of the top technology buys last year as well.
“Information security considerations affect virtually everything an organization does, whether it is internal email communications, business-to-business data exchange or electronic commerce with consumers,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “The proliferation of devices that are now connected to networks, and the increasing mobility of customers and workers have pushed security to top of mind for everyone, from the technician monitoring the network to the business owners and operators whose livelihood can be at risk in the event of a security catastrophe.”
Coming in second was wireless data applications according to 13.1 percent of respondents.
According to the results, convergence solutions (i.e. voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) telephony and unified messaging) came in third. This differs from last year when convergence was the top choice.
Open source solutions was fourth, chosen by 8.5 percent of poll respondents. Virtualization technology placed fifth, at 7 percent.
Rounding out the list were of technologies were: Web 2.0 (6.9 percent), radio frequency identification (6.5 percent), network access control (3.9 percent), business intelligence applications, and storage (3.2 percent each).