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Survey: More Network Administrators See an Increase in IT Security Budgets Than a Decrease in 2010, a Reversal from the Previous Year

BOCA RATON, FL and ALBUQUERQUE, NM, May 11, 2010 / PRNewswire / — According to findings from the seventh annual "What Keeps Network Administrators Up at Night" survey of 353 network administrators commissioned by VanDyke Software® and executed by Amplitude Research®, nearly one-third (30%) of the respondents reported that they are seeing an increase in their company's IT security budget for 2010 as compared to 2009 when only 15% were seeing an increase.  Conversely, this year 20% were seeing a decrease in their IT security budget versus one-third (33%) in 2009 who reported a decrease.

More than half of this year's survey respondents (57%) felt that their organization has budgeted sufficiently to support current information security needs, a result similar to findings from 2009 (54%).

In terms of staffing, 17% were seeing an increase in the size of their IT security staff for 2010 as compared to 2009, while 12% were seeing a decrease.  Among the 12% seeing a decrease in security staffing, nearly eight-in-ten (79%) attributed it to reductions in sales or profits, or economic uncertainty.

More than half (57%) felt that their organization is sufficiently staffed to support current information security needs.  Steve Birnkrant, CEO of Amplitude Research observed, "Often, but not always, those comfortable with their IT security budget are also comfortable with the size of their IT security staff.  It turns out that 44% felt that their organization is both budgeted and staffed sufficiently to support current information security needs."

The 2010 study was commissioned by VanDyke Software and conducted online by Amplitude Research during the second and third week of April among nationwide IT web panelists.  In total, 353 surveys were completed by respondents who confirmed working as a "network or systems administrator" for their company / organization, with a maximum sampling margin of error of 5.2% at the 95% confidence level. To obtain an executive summary of the 2010 survey results, contact Michael Krems of Krems Public Relations at

About Amplitude Research, Inc.

Amplitude Research® is a privately owned online survey company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.  Amplitude specializes in online market research, combining its proprietary market research software, top quality survey panels ( and experienced professional services to deliver actionable survey results.  The name "Amplitude" Research and its tagline "loud and clear" signify Amplitude's high-quality survey design, survey administration, data analysis and reporting services tailored to each client's needs.  For more information about Amplitude Research and its consumer / b2b market research surveys, visit the company's website at

About VanDyke Software, Inc.

Busy IT professionals depend on VanDyke Software® to deliver rock-solid, easy-to-configure software for secure remote access, secure file transfer, terminal emulation, and remote administration.  VanDyke offers a fully-supported 30-day evaluation of its products prior to purchase, providing both evaluators and customers with a higher level of service.  The company's product offerings include the SecureCRT® Secure Shell terminal emulator, the SecureFX® secure file transfer client, the VanDyke ClientPack, and the VShell® Secure Shell server.  For more information about VanDyke Software, visit the company's website at

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