In May 2009, President Obama stated his intention to appoint a cybersecurity coordinator to monitor, manage, and organize cybersecurity efforts in the U.S. federal government. While this position remains vacant today, ESG has compiled a list of 10 high priorities for the cybersecurity coordinator when he or she is appointed.
A recent ESG Research Brief revealed that valuable databases are often protected by an ad hoc combination of IT groups and manual processes. Clearly, these weaknesses make databases vulnerable, but are there specific types of database security threats that increase the risk of a data breach? Yes. ESG’s data also points to a pattern of enterprise data breaches and identifies specific database risks concerning security professionals. The good news is that large organizations have made database security a 2009 priority, but the question remains: Is this action a case of too little, too late?
There is no longer a question as to whether large organizations need log management solutions. But as log management and analysis needs evolve, legacy products can't scale, accommodate uncommon log file formats, or provide the right level of real-time or historical analysis. These requirements are driving a transition to a new model called log management warehousing. Similar to "top-down" data warehousing, log management warehousing will evolve to become a centralized enterprise service over the next few years.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s Information Security and Networking services. With 25 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in threat and security management as well as all aspects of network security. Recently, Jon has been an active participant with cybersecurity issues, legislation, and technology within the U.S. federal government. Prior to joining ESG, Jon was the founder and principal of Hype-Free Consulting. He has also held senior management positions at GiantLoop Network, Forrester Research, Epoch Systems, and EMC Corporation.
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