ESG Brief: Shifting IAM Responsibilities to the Information Security Group


While mobile devices and cloud applications have provided organizations with numerous benefits including increased employee productivity, they have also created new challenges, many of which have security implications created from an expanded security perimeter. This includes the need to update traditional approaches to identity and access management (IAM) in an increasingly mobile and cloudy world, from tools deployed through policies written to the involvement of security groups in these activities. Organizationally, aligning IAM strategies with the information security group is a best practice businesses should adopt to take control of how fractured IAM has become.

Topics: Cybersecurity IAM Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2018 Data Analytics Spending Trends


Most organizations expect to spend more on business intelligence (BI), analytics, and big data technology solutions in 2018 as organizations continue down a path of becoming more data-driven, increasingly in real time. While overall most organizations are earmarking at least some funds for traditional business intelligence, cloud- and edge-based analytics are being prioritized by leading-edge IT consumers.

Topics: Data Management & Analytics

ESG Brief: Top Five Identity and Access Management Challenges and Opportunities


Identity and access management (IAM) is as old as the Internet, but mobility initiatives and cloud applications are putting stress on companies’ security perimeters, especially when it comes to IAM policies and approaches. Challenges to IAM still exist—though one may have thought they’d been addressed years ago. Today, companies are reacting with IAM organizational, technology, and process initiatives to help win back a certain measure of control, and ideally enhance the company’s security posture.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Software-defined Storage: Finding Value Amongst the Noise


Software-defined storage (SDS) transforms data centers, delivering the IT infrastructure agility businesses require to remain competitive in this increasingly digitally defined economy. As a key enabler for software-defined data centers, as well as hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and private cloud storage services, deploying storage intelligence as software is completely redefining data centers—both operationally and when it comes to capital investments. While SDS can deliver long-term transformational benefits, not all SDS solutions are the same. Identifying the right SDS solution is critical to achieving the maximum benefit and the desired business outcome.

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Perspectives on Readiness for and Impact of GDPR


With the May 2018 deadline a mere four months away, are organizations ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to ESG research, there is still work ahead. Many firms aren’t completely prepared and may have to make incremental technology purchases for GDPR compliance over the next few months. Furthermore, organizations need to button down their incident response plans so they are prepared to report breaches to supervisory authorities within 72 hours as stipulated by GDPR. To address the many GDPR challenges ahead, ESG recommends focusing on areas like data discovery/classification, identity and access management, encryption, and IR planning.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Management & Analytics Data Protection Networking Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Streamlining On-premises Infrastructure: Lessons from the Cloud


Traditional granular on-premises infrastructure deployments are continuing to face pressure from not only “direct” alternatives—such as converged and hyperconverged solutions—but also from the rising adoption of public cloud services. With public cloud increasingly integrated into the overall IT “mix,” it is not merely an alternative to the traditional on-premises norm; it is also providing lessons that can make the on-premises “2.0” world stronger.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2018 Enterprise Mobility Spending Trends


Nearly half of midmarket and enterprise organizations plan to increase their 2018 spending on the software, services, and devices required to make their workforce more mobile. While a key benefit of these efforts is untethering employees from desks and offices, they also serve to expand the security perimeter IT staffs must heed. As such, mobility initiatives increasingly include a heightened focus on security and management.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Master Survey Results: Identity and Access Management


This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on how identity and access management strategies are evolving with more pervasive adoption of mobile and cloud technologies.

Topics: Cybersecurity identity and access management Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Ransomware: A Priority for 2018


While not a new type of cyberattack, ransomware’s prominence rose dramatically in 2016 and 2017, as a result of a number of high profile attacks that impacted operations at many organizations. Research conducted by ESG reveals that a majority of organizations experienced ransomware attacks in 2017, representing a concern for both business and IT leadership teams moving forward.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Why and How to Protect VMs within Hyperconverged and Converged Infrastructures


Many of the most compelling hyperconverged and converged infrastructure solutions boast built-in data protection capabilities. For the purposes of this paper, the two architectures will be collectively considered and referred to as “HCI” unless specifically noted. Built-in data protection capabilities within some HCI offerings are often seen as differentiators and additional benefits of consolidating IT solution components versus using self-built and protected infrastructure. But does this mean that as organizations embrace HCI, traditional DP solutions’ relevance will fade? Not necessarily.

Topics: Data Protection Converged hyperconverged