September 11, 2001 has prompted businesses to re-assess their ability to deal with security threats, according to a recent survey of executives, conducted by risk consultancy Kroll.
In New York, Boston and Toronto, businesspeople expressed a heightened sense of vulnerability to possible emergencies, both man-made and natural. Before September 11, information protection and employee integrity were the top security priorities. Since then, concern with emergency planning, business resumption planning and physical security has increased dramatically.
Although most have formal plans for fire and systems disasters, many organisations would be forced to improvise if confronted by a bomb threat, hazardous material scare or utility outage. Despite widespread doubt about the adequacy of controls to manage security risks, almost everyone has indicated that their organisations will upgrade security over the next six months.
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