Despite tight spending, a complacent economy, and the perceived commoditization of IT, 66 percent of surveyed companies made room in their 2003 IT budgets to dedicate more financial resources to security programs and little else, according to META Group, Inc. This year, companies spent an average of 8.2 percent of their total IT budgets on security, up from 7.6 percent in 2002 and only 3.2 percent in 2001, according to new findings from META Group's 2004 Worldwide IT Benchmark Report.

These security programs primarily emphasized employee education, business continuity and disaster recovery. Security professionals agree that current employees still pose the biggest threat to companies' technology infrastructures, and their biggest concern is malicious attacks from viruses and unauthorized access to systems.

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