Security Survey

Biometric authentication is currently being used by only 4 percent of companies responding to an exclusive IDG/Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) survey on security.

Within the next 18 months, however, 11 percent of the Network World US readers who answered our survey said they plan to add biometric authentication to their networks.

Passwords are the most popular security feature today. Ninety-three percent of respondents said they use passwords, and 73 percent said they plan to add additional password protection within the next 18 months. Rounding out the top five security measures currently in place are virus-detection software, firewall appliances, security management software and the use of a trusted Web server.

Over the next 18 months, users said their most popular security options will be adding security monitoring tools, virus detection software, firewall appliances and security management software.

Three out of five readers said their security infrastructure is adequate, while 36 percent conceded theirs was not adequate. When asked what changes they would like to make to improve security, 78 percent cited user authentication and more accurate network monitoring as their top priorities. Fingerprints emerged as the type of biometrics that respondents said they are most interested in, followed by voice prints and retinal scans.

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