I’ve written a lot about the security skills shortage but it is worth reviewing a bit of data here for context. According to ESG Research, 55% of enterprise organizations (i.e., those with more than 1,000 employees) plan to hire additional security professionals in 2012 but they are extremely hard to find. In fact, 83% of enterprises claim that it is “extremely difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to recruit and/or hire security professionals in the current market.
Get ready for a new acronym at VMworld, Software-defined Security (SDS). Lots of vendors will be selling SDS but I'm not buying it.
Security is the primary concern for organizations contemplating online file sharing and collaboration, and their concerns are proving to be well-founded. According to ESG research, organizations that have already adopted online file sharing say that security challenges continue to plague their deployments. The research also reveals the security controls that are important (and not so important) to organizations evaluating online file sharing providers, and highlights the biggest worries IT professionals have about online file sharing.
Large organizations are virtualizing infrastructure and adopting cloud computing in order to improve efficiencies, lower costs, and accelerate IT responsiveness. These are tremendous business benefits, but ESG Research indicates that these new technology initiatives present numerous security challenges that can increase IT risk or even slow down forward-looking IT projects.
Lack of information security skills, best practices, and appropriate technical controls continue to dog server virtualization and cloud computing initiatives.
Budget constraints top the list of information security management challenges but there is an assortment of other issues.
Earlier this month, senate republicans blocked the latest version of the Lieberman/Collins cybersecurity bill. Good for politics, bad for national security.
New ESG Research finds that CISOs use a combination of traditional drivers and new requirements to shape their information security strategy.
Everyone's talking BYOD and MDM but hardly anyone is considering mobile application development's growing impact. This has to change.
As part of the software development process, information security professionals must make choices about where to invest their budget and staff resources to ensure that homegrown applications are as secure as possible. ESG research found organizations that are considered security “leaders” tend to make different choices than other firms. For example, leaders rely on integrated development and testing suites, scan their applications from multiple perspectives to uncover vulnerabilities, and invest in training developers in security concepts and tools. This research brief details these best practices for all organizations that would like to produce more secure applications.
When it comes to information security monitoring, ESG Research indicates that enterprises have pressing needs for integration, intelligence, automation, and big data capabilities.
Frightened by the prospects of APTs, botnets, and Trojans, large organizations are investing in new advanced malware detection/prevention technologies to fortify defense-in-depth. Should these new security technologies be applied to the network or to host systems? Both.
Cybersecurity events like security breaches, APTs, and pending legislation are becoming mainstream as the public recongnizes that our society is inexorably tied together via servers and networks. With all this attention, one fundamental security problem continues to fly "under the radar." The fact is that a lot of the software we depend upon is insecure and extremely vulnerable to attack. Unfortunately this issue isn't getting enough attention and ESG Research indicates that enterprise organizations aren't doing enough to address their own software security deficiencies.
VMware has been ptiching network virtualization and next-generation data centers solely based upon virtualization software. Great vision but in reality, VMware is still used mostly for server consolidation. To take its virtual networking game to the next level, VMware just announced its plans to acquire SDN startup Nicira for an unbelievable $1 billion +. This move shows that VMware is willing to make incredible investments to back its vision but there is a lot of work ahead.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s information security service. With over 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of information security and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government.
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