Security is now the number one concern for IBM's largest users, moving up from number five last year, according to a new survey.
Big Blue user group Share said that members are increasingly concerned about protecting sensitive data and resources from their partners.
Business-to-consumer ecommerce and related issues dropped to second in the 2001 survey, followed by competitive advantage and core services. Availability of critical applications rounded out the top five user group members' issues.
The independent group, which represents large companies and educational institutions, publishes an annual survey of its 2000 members which it turns over to IBM to assist the company's product plans.
Members additionally reported that traditional access control mechanisms are no longer sufficient and that companies must define and implement enterprise-wide security with user authentication, firewall deployment and administration, server-to-server authentication and data integrity.
Other concerns include training and retention, the shortage of IT professionals and complying with regulatory privacy requirements.
A spokesman pointed out that security is a given concern for any business and that security issues centre mainly on cost. In addition, he said, businesses need to be more rigorous about security.
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