Information security events and vulnerabilities haunted large organizations in 2009. New security technologies should help security-conscious organizations, but 2010 will likely be a very difficult year. ESG expects a steady increase in the volume and sophistication of security threats as well as a major event next year that makes the 2007 TJX breach look tame by comparison. Expect a lot of government cybersecurity activity as well-especially if ESG's dire prediction occurs.
ESG believes that IT priorities won't change much in 2010-CIOs will still be tasked to improve business processes while cutting costs. Can this be done? Yes, but it demands that large organizations look to consolidate resources, simplify the IT architecture, and seek out innovative vendors and solutions. ESG believes that A10 Networks fits this description-its new line of 64-bit Application Delivery Controllers has the potential to radically improve application performance while cutting capital and operating costs.
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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