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It's Raining IT Security Surveys 10

Bob Brown writes "It seems like there are more surveys pumped out on IT and network security threats these days than there are threats themselves. This story examines why vendors are cranking these surveys out so frequently and what people think about it."
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It's Raining IT Security Surveys

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  • by temojen ( 678985 ) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @03:57AM (#14962415) Journal
    It's raining IT Security Surveys
    It's raining IT Security Surveys

    Just doesn't work.
    • (With thanks (apologies?) to temojen)

      Hi - Hi! We're your Sys Admins - Ah-huh -
      And have we got news for you - You better listen!
      Get ready, all you lonely geeks
      and leave those IP Chains at home. - Alright! -

      Bandwidth is rising (oooh, rising) - Defenses are getting low
      According to all sources, the Net's the palce to go
      Cause tonight for the first time
      Just about half-past ten
      For the first time in history
      We're gonna start breaking in!

      It's raining IT Security Surveys! Hallelujah!
      It's raining IT Security Surveys! A
  • Great summary! (Score:2, Insightful)

    Atypical summary for Slashdot! Effective, gets to the point, doesn't give the entire article away, and generates curiosity about the article. I haven't seen an article summary this good in recent memory.

    Off-topic, so send this to -1, but I just wanted to send kudos to Bob Brown for an excellent writeup and ScuttleMonkey for recognizing it.

    I don't have an opinion about the article itself. I'm don't live in the dungeons of IT, so I never see these surveys the article talks about. I'm just happy if I can g
  • Its an article about a survey of people who send out surveys. Almost rescursive surveys
  • by jlarocco ( 851450 ) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @04:03AM (#14962433) Homepage

    It's simple, really:

    1. Post a BS security threat survey on a website packed to the brim with advertisements
    2. Get on front page of /.
    3. Profit.
    4. Repeat steps 1-3 with a survey of security threat surveys
  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Tuesday March 21, 2006 @06:15AM (#14962718)
    Security has finally become an issue. Until recently, it was none. "Hey, it works, we don't need to invest more" has been management's creed when it comes to IT.

    Now, we have a few cases of security breaches, phishing attacks and so on. The media jumped the wagon and ride the hype further. So execs go out of their IT hibernation and start looking around for security experts to fix their holes. Either after damage is done or (less frequently) to prevent damage.

    So how do you get those execs to pick YOU as the company to do security for them? Security is, after all, a highly lucrative business, a full audit of your page or net can cost in the 5-6 digit range.

    You start pumping security bulletins. It's not so much the need to show there is a threat. It's more to show that YOU know it, YOU can handle it, YOU have experience and YOU are the company that should get the contract.
  • they surveyed twenty vendors to find out who's surveying and why?
  • The people who actually fill out the surveys aren't actually doing any work.

    Do you know one busy person you know who has time to fill out a survey?

    we can barely find the time to post inane things like this on /.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"