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Vendors Under the Radar: StorMagic

Posted: March 18, 2016   /   By: Terri McClure   /   Tags: Storage, SANS, software-defined storage, StorMagic

stormagic reviewI have a soft spot for underdog vendors. Like many of you, I've been there — working at a small vendor competing against the behemoths or working on a small emerging underdog product within a behemoth, competing for airtime and survival. I know that it's tough to get the word out when you are outspent on marketing by a factor of 10:1 or more.

So I'm going to keep going down the "vendors under the radar" path to call attention to vendors you may not have heard of that are doing cool things, but may be under the radar because they don't have the big budgets.

Next up: StorMagic.

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Cybersecurity Skills Haves and Have Nots

Posted: March 13, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cybersecurity, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, Security, Enterprise, SANS, skills shortage, ISC2, NICE, CISO, NIST

I’ve written a lot lately about the cybersecurity skills shortage. For example, 25% of organizations claim that they have a problematic shortage of IT security skills. On an industry basis, 36% of government agencies say they have a problematic shortage of IT security skills, followed by 29% of manufacturing companies, and 28% of financial services firms.

ESG often builds a segmentation model as part of its research projects to further analyze survey data. The segmentation model divides the total survey population into 3 distinct groups: Advanced organizations (i.e., those with the most cybersecurity resources and strong security policies and processes), progressing organizations (i.e., those with marginal cybersecurity resources and adequate security policies and processes), and basic organizations (i.e., those with fair/poor cybersecurity resources and inadequate security policies and processes). Typically, advanced organizations make up around 20% of the survey population, progressing organizations represent around 60% of the survey population, and basic organizations account for the remaining 20%.

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Information Security: A Sobering Topic at VMworld

Posted: August 22, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Information and Risk Management, Security and Privacy, VMworld, Citrix, SANS, ISC2, CISO, Server Virtualization, IT skills, security skills, Public Cloud Service

The technology industry is about to come together next week for VMworld in San Francisco. In the span of a few short years, this show has become a real showcase of the latest and greatest IT technology and industry vision. At VMware, every company wants its IT department to look like Amazon, Google, or Zynga, running applications on fully-automated and orchestrated cloud computing platforms, and easily managing thousands of servers and petabytes of data across multiple data centers.

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Biggest Information Security Management Challenges for Enterprise Organizations

Posted: August 17, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: IBM, Microsoft, Information and Risk Management, HP, McAfee, Enterprise Software, Oracle, Security and Privacy, risk management, sap, SIEM, SANS, ISC2, RSA Security, Security Management, security operations, CISSP, Tibco

In the recently-published ESG Research Report, Security Management and Operations: Changes on the Horizon, ESG surveyed 315 security professionals working at North America-based enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees).

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Software Development: Still Lacking Strong Security

Posted: July 27, 2012   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Microsoft, Information and Risk Management, Enterprise Software, Security and Privacy, SANS, Veracode, software assurance

Large organizations are buying next-generation firewalls, advanced malware detection/prevention systems, encryption software, and new types of security analytics tools. On balance, this is a good thing as they add more layers of defense to networks and host computers.

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