IT security involves a relatively straightforward risk-management equation—the more security you put in place, the more onerous it is for end users—and until the technology arrives to make impenetrable security invisible to end users, it will remain that way. The CIOs we surveyed clearly fall on the side of increased security, and while they fault their non-IT cohorts for lack of security awareness, they appear to be realistic about the burden it puts on their companies' business units. But CIOs aren't instituting enough of the high-profile risk-assessment measures that would increase awareness of the problem throughout their corporations.

This article was originally published on 08-01-2001
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