Federal Cybersecurity Duplicity

As part of a whistle-stop tour of Northern California, President Obama held a White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University last Friday. Much to the delight of the Silicon Valley crowd, the President signed an executive order (right there on stage at Stanford) to promote data sharing about digital threats. The summit also highlighted industry leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook, and large critical infrastructure organizations like Bank of America and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

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Are Enterprise Organizations Ready to Use Free AV Software?

Last year, ESG published a research report titled, Advanced Malware Detection and Protection Trends, based upon a survey of 315 security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees). In one question, ESG asked security professionals whether they agreed or disagreed with the following statement: “Commercial host-based security software (i.e., AV) is more or less the same as free security software.”

It turns out that 36% of security professionals either “strongly agree” or “agree" with this statement, while another 25% are sitting on the fence (i.e., they neither agree nor disagree with the statement).

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Dell’s Most Secure PC Initiative Presents a New Opportunity

When it comes to selling PCs to business organizations, Dell has long held a well-deserved reputation for aggressive pricing, tailored customization services, and strong customer service. Okay, but what about endpoint security? In the past, Dell sales reps would simply open their catalog and let the customer choose from a vast list of partner options. Want AV software, full-disk encryption, or biometric authentication? Dell would simply ask its customers to choose dozen of partner options in each area.

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Endpoint Security: The Next Generation

When you mention endpoint security in conversation, it's not unusual to get some type of visceral response - eyes rolling, sighs, etc. Security professionals and the industry at large think of endpoint security as a commodity or "necessary evil." Some of my fellow analysts have gone so far to say that endpoint security as a category is dead (that's an old analyst trick for declaring that you've come up with some new model).

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