Investment plans for security technology remain on target for Global 2000 organizations, according to META Group, Inc. An analysis of purchase intents by META Group analysts showed strong short-term interest in both network and host intrusion detection. Long-term plans showed an even stronger interest in various forms of intrusion detection, which is finally becoming widely accepted as a necessary part of well-secured environments. Other long-term plans also include centralized security information management consoles for many organizations.

"Organizations that have taken an intelligent approach to intrusion detection have had no problem establishing the value of the technologies," said Chris King, senior program director for META Group's Security & Risk Strategies team. "Those that have purchased a product without the benefit of an underlying policy and plan naturally feel like they have wasted their money, because they have. Technology alone does not improve security, and causing a false sense of security can actually harm the security effort."

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