Study: database developers see Internet as critical

The Internet remains critical for companies accessing and collecting commercial information and dominates the plans of businesses...

The Internet remains critical for companies accessing and collecting commercial information and dominates the plans of businesses seeking new and improved methods for tapping their mission-critical data. These were the conclusions of a survey of database developers carried out recently by market research company Evans Data.

As the commercial Internet industry flounders and IT budgets contract, database specialists are focusing increasingly on strategies for managing Web-based data - including real-time updating, data collection and dynamic page creation, according to the results of the survey of over 700 North American database specialists.

According to Evans Data's Summer 2002 Database Developers survey, 72% of database developers rate dynamic page creation as critical, and 72% also regard automatic site updating as important.

The mobile area is also garnering attention, with 47% of survey respondents indicating that they are developing database applications that support wireless or handheld devices, or plan to do so within 12 months.

This figure indicates a much stronger focus on mobile Internet-based applications than was seen in last year's survey, with personal digital assistants (PDAs) being the favoured platform to develop applications for, according to Evans Data.

However, direct security breaches against databases have increased over the past year, with 20% of respondents reporting a breach, up from 12% in the last survey conducted six months ago. The most common form of attack was from external viruses, according to respondents.

Many of the respondents said they had bolstered their security systems, employing a variety of methods to protect data.

The most popular security technology was network authentication/firewall, used in 83% of the surveyed sites, followed by operating system-based security features (74%), regular changes of passwords (63.2%), built-in database security features (37.3%) and directory service (27.4%).

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