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SOURCE TELUS Corporation
Key finding: Enterprises that say "no" to new technologies in an effort to reduce risk are in fact less secure than enterprises that say "yes" and adopt responsibly
TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS and the Rotman School of Management at The University of Toronto today released the fifth annual study on Canadian IT Security. Taking a qualitative approach for the first time, the research team interviewed security leaders from across the country in a variety of industries to capture personalized insight about the security issues that keep them up at night.
"This year, we felt it was critical to validate our quantitative findings from previous years with qualitative insights," said Dr. Walid Hejazi, professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management. "We wanted to provide Canadian security leaders with access to real life experiences, best practices and strategies used by their peers."
Four key security-related concerns were revealed during the roundtable discussions and interviews:
In exploring these four concerns, several insights emerged:
"It is critical that organizations remain open to new technologies so employees are empowered with the tools to increase productivity," said Hernan Barros, director, TELUS Security Solutions. "Equally important however, is that organizations ensure employees understand how to use new tools responsibly, and that adherence to security policy is made convenient and simple. Ongoing security awareness training can help ensure compliance."
In response to the qualitative findings, and in an effort to help Canadian organizations achieve a balanced level of security, Rotman and TELUS' team of security experts offer five recommendations:
Security leaders can find the detailed breakdown and analysis of the key insights and recommendations at: telus.com/securitystudy.
About The Rotman School of Management
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world's most diverse city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the design of creative business solutions. The School is currently raising $200 million to ensure Canada has the world-class business school it deserves. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.
About TELUS Security Solutions
TELUS Security Solutions offers customers the most comprehensive security portfolio including consulting and managed services, technology solutions, plus partnerships with 16 of the top 20 global security vendors. In addition, TELUS Security Labs is a leading provider of security research to more than 50 of the world's top security product vendors. Whether your priority is handling targeted threats with real-time context, securing your mobile enterprise or removing your security management challenge, TELUS Security Solutions can help you gain visibility, understanding and control.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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