PwC: 2011 Global State of Information Security Survey®

Sep 15, 2010 | Corporate Member News

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Respected—but still restrained: In the aftermath of the worst global economic jolt in 30 years, information security confronts a new economic order.

Over the past year, it has been hard to predict when, where and with what strength global economic conditions might improve. So it isn’t surprising to discover this year, that—according to the results of the 2011 Global State of Information Security Survey®—executives across industries and markets worldwide have been reluctant to release funding to support the information security function.

This financial restraint is in spite of clear evidence that as information security emerges from the smoke of a brutal year—and, in effect a “trial by fire,” as last year’s survey revealed—it is sporting a new hard-won respect, not just from many but from most of this year’s respondents.

The 2011 Global State of Information Security Survey® is a worldwide security survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIO Magazine and CSO Magazine. It was conducted online from February 19, 2010 to March 4, 2010. Readers of CIO and CSO Magazines and clients of PricewaterhouseCoopers from around the globe were invited via email to take the survey. The results discussed in this report are based on the responses of more than 12,840 CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, CSOs, vice presidents and directors of IT and information security from 135 countries.

To download the full report, please visit our Global website at

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