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87% of organisations report security breaches

Date: August 14, 2006
By: Ulrika Hedquist

Over 87% of Kiwi organisations report having experienced some kind of security incident, according to the 2005 New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey — the first survey of its kind in this country.

The survey concludes that the number of security incidents have grown steadily from 1998 to 2004.

At the same time, 62% of respondents said that their IT staff had no security qualifications. Over 80% of respondents said that fewer than 10% of their IT staff had security qualifications.

However, local IT managers say that security qualifications alone are not going to save the day.

“Qualifications on their own are not necessarily the key to dealing with security issues,” says Liz Gosling, director of IT Services at AUT. “You need experienced IT staff who build security in as systems and architectures are developed.”

She adds that a qualification is only valid at the time it is achieved because technology is changing so fast.
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