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The average security investment will peak at eight to 12 percent of information technology budgets in the United States by 2006, and in Europe and the Asia Pacific region by 2007, according to META Group, Inc. The market research and advisory firm expects these budgets to stabilize at five to eight percent in the United States by 2008 and in Europe and the Asia Pacific region by 2009. "Information security remains a top-five issue for CIOs, and the debate regarding appropriate investment levels continues to rage," said Tom Scholtz, vice president with META Group's Security & Risk Strategies advisory service. "Although capturing and benchmarking information security spending is complicated, security teams must model overall investment to track parity with industry peers and account for the cost of satisfying business requirements for managing information risk." META ... (more)

IBM Disk Storage Systems Achieve Double Digit Growth Rate Worldwide

IBM announced that it has gained share and achieved double digit revenue growth worldwide in overall disk storage systems, according to the latest quarterly storage tracker results from IDC. Led by 13.4 percent year-over-year growth in worldwide external disk storage systems revenue for the second quarter of 2005, IBM's disk storage systems year-over-year growth in revenue was higher than that of three of the top six storage vendors. Additionally, IBM was one of only three of the top five storage vendors to achieve double digit growth and gain share overall in disk storage systems.... (more)

Protegrity to Assist Data Security Management Strategies

Protegrity Corporation has announced the availability of a new suite of services designed to help companies mitigate the risks and costs related to data security breaches and non-compliance with security regulations and policies. The services respond to a strong market need for education and guidance in assessing current data security and developing practical enterprise-wide strategies for data protection. A recent Protegrity survey found that 53.9% of respondents believed their companies were unsure of current data security requirements and a third said their companies would lik... (more)

BusinessObjects XI Release 2 Announces Significant Innovations

Business and technology leaders around the world now have the opportunity to experience what hundreds of Business Objects customers who tested the ground-breaking new platform already know -- that significant innovations in BusinessObjects XI Release 2 give users a way to access information and share knowledge as they have never done before. Business Objects had more than 100 customers and partners in the worldwide beta program. Customer and partner feedback played a significant role in the development of BusinessObjects XI Release 2. Feedback from the beta program participants h... (more)

F-Secure Pioneers "Virus Maps"

'The world virus map is an excellent resource for quickly understanding the virus situation at any given time,' said Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure said, as his company introduced the concept of 'virus maps' - a visual representations of virus infections worldwide. 'For anybody interested in understanding the 'bigger picture' behind a virus in the news and charting its course, this is a good place to start.'  "With a virus map we can plot viruses in real-time or see an elapsed history," added Hypponene, who explained how, after blogging about this system, he h... (more)