Poll finds little confidence in cybersecurity

Industry IT executives have little confidence that the government can fend off cyberattacks.

In an online survey of 395 IT professionals conducted for the Business Software Alliance, 49 percent of respondents said they expect the United States will undergo a major systems attack within the next year. Seventy-two percent said the government cannot defend against it, and 55 percent said the danger has risen since Sept. 11.

The alliance, a trade group of 19 IT companies, presented the results of the survey last week at the E-Gov Conference in Washington.

Bill Conner, president and chief executive officer of Entrust Inc. of Dallas, said the government needs to disclose more about security risks and breaches, secure its own content by encryption and devote adequate resources to what has become a critical situation.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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