Symantec’s 2011 State of Security Survey fielded responses from a total of 3,300 businesses around the world to gauge their attitudes about risk and security. Among the findings: the number of organizations reporting attacks in the past 12 months dropped to 71 percent from 75 percent in 2010, and the number reporting an increased frequency of attacks dropped from 29 percent to 21 percent year-over-year.
For many businesses, those drop-offs seem to be corresponding to an increase in staffing and security budgets focused on certain areas. In regards to staffing, 46 percent of respondents said they are increasing staff in the areas of network and Web security. A virtually identical percentage said they were increasing their budgets for those areas as well (42 percent for network security, 41 percent for Web security). Meanwhile, 38 percent are increasing their security systems management budgets.
The main drivers of security will sound familiar. When asked what industry trends are affecting the difficulty of security, the most mentioned issues were mobile computing (47 percent), social media (46 percent) and consumerization of IT (45 percent).