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Risky Business: Social Networks, Mobility, Cloud Computing

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-01-2010 Print
CIOs and other tech managers harbor significant reservations about their ability to ensure enterprise security when it comes to the use of social networking, mobile platforms and cloud computing, according to a new survey from IBM. Most of the perceived risks have to do with the accessibility, use and control of data, especially regarding social networking and the potential danger of having unauthorized access to confidential, proprietary information. The 2010 IBM Global IT Risk Study reveals that, of these three areas of concern, it is the risk/reward equation of cloud computing that is being most carefully evaluated by CIOs today. These findings are consistent with a recent CompTIA study, which found that 2011 promises to be a year of trial-and-error for cloud solutions in the enterprise. However, as the IBM Risk Study reveals, IT leaders are grappling with how to take advantage of the benefits that all of these solutions have to offer without risking their organization's business continuity, jeopardizing compliance or diminishing brand strength. More than 550 senior IT executives, including 110 CIOs, responded to the IBM Risk Study survey. Respondents represent industries such as finance, healthcare, biotech, IT, government and manufacturing. Executives participating in the survey reported that they work for enterprises that see annual revenues ranging from $500 million to more than $10 billion. Here are highlights:


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