AROUND THE GLOBE, COMPUTER SECURITY TAKES A HOLIDAY
WITH ALL THE PUBLICITY about hackers and viruses, you'd think companies would be tightening computer security. Not according to a new survey by Datapro Information Services, a unit of BUSINESS WEEK's parent, The McGraw-Hill Companies.
Datapro says 54% of 1,342 respondents to its international survey this year said they had computer security policies. That's down from 82% in 1992, the first year Datapro included companies outside the U.S. For U.S. companies, the trend was flatter, rising from 71% in 1991 to 82% in 1992, before falling to 69% in 1996. A change of five percentage points or more is probably statistically significant, says one author, Rebecca J. Duncan.
Why the laxity? Duncan cites staff cuts, demand for Internet access, and corporate computing decentralization.
EDITED BY PETER COY
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1996, Bloomberg L.P.