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Survey Findings Reveal That IT Executives/Network Administrators Often Feel Outsourcing Tech Jobs Offshore Has a Negative Impact on Network Security

Albuquerque, NM and Boca Raton, FL – September 29, 2009 – In an intriguing juxtaposition of perception and reality, findings from a new survey suggest that America’s enterprise network administrators/IT executives have extra reason for concern about network security when outsourcing technology jobs offshore.

According to the fifth annual VanDyke Software-commissioned survey of 350 network administrators and IT executives executed by independent research firm Amplitude Research on topics related to IT security, in general, more than two-thirds (69%) felt outsourcing tech jobs offshore had a negative impact on network security, while only 9% felt it had a positive impact, and 22% felt it had no impact.

29% of the 350 survey respondents reported that their organization outsources technology jobs to an offshore location such as India, China, or another foreign country. Half of these enterprises that outsource feel outsourcing has a negative impact on their organization's network security, while 24% said outsourcing has a positive impact. Meanwhile, 26% indicated outsourcing has no impact on the organization's network security.

Jeff P. Van Dyke, president and founder of VanDyke Software, commented, "The survey results indicate there is sentiment, as well as initial data, that suggests outsourcing tech jobs offshore is a matter that needs greater scrutiny in the area of network security."

Another interesting finding from the research is that while hacker and other unauthorized intrusions have continued to be a significant threat year after year, large companies have apparently made some progress very recently. In 2009, 41% of large enterprises reported intrusions, compared with 56% the previous year. This is the first year out of the past five in any company size category where a significant reduction in the rate of unauthorized intrusions has occurred, although it is too early to point to exact causes or to assume that progress will continue.

The 2009 security study was commissioned by VanDyke Software and conducted online by Amplitude Research during the second week of September 2009 among Amplitude's nationwide technology panel and had 350 total survey respondents with a maximum sampling margin of error of 5.2%. To obtain an executive summary of the 2009 survey results, contact Michael Krems of Krems Public Relations at

About Amplitude Research, Inc.

Amplitude Research® is a privately owned mail and online survey company headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, with blue chip clients located throughout the United States, Canada and South America.  Amplitude combines its proprietary research software, top quality market research panels, and experienced professional services to deliver actionable survey results.  Amplitude's Panelspeak® Survey Panels ( can reach more than 60,000 IT professionals in addition to consumers and business professionals.  For more information about Amplitude Research and its market research surveys, visit the company's website at

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