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The Price of Wireless Security

By Matthew Harwood

A new survey by Cisco finds that many companies are increasing their security budgets for next year to deal with security problems associated with wireless technology, according to Techworld.com.

Three quarters of respondents said that security spending was going to rise because of wireless and mobile technology, with half figuring this as a rise of 10 percent, and a further 10 percent predicting a dizzying 20 percent rise in costs.

What underlies this sudden increase? It appears that the use of wireless technology has evolved according to the rapacious need for connectivity, with security being an afterthought. Companies now face a period of catch-up.

Another reason for the rise in security budgets was regulatory compliance, not only the investment to protect wireless networks and devices, but having an independent assessment done to prove it.

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