ESG/ISSA Research Report: The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals


In order to assess the experiences, careers, and opinions of cybersecurity professionals, ESG/ISSA surveyed 343 cybersecurity professionals representing organizations of all sizes, across all industries and geographic locations. Survey respondents were also ISSA members.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including health care, IT, financial services, manufacturing, business services, communications and media, and government.

Topics: Cybersecurity ISSA

ESG Master Survey Results: The Evolution of Endpoint Security Controls and Suites


ESG’s Master Survey Results provide the complete output of syndicated research surveys in graphical format. In addition to the data, these documents provide background information on the survey, including respondent profiles at an individual and organizational level. It is important to note that these documents do not contain analysis of the data.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the endpoint security operations landscape, including current approaches, challenges, and planned strategies.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: A Data Center Revolution in Storage Technology


The storage technology landscape has evolved dramatically over the past few years. Data centers once dominated by SAN and NAS arrays now include all-flash arrays, software-defined storage, and even hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. The introductions of these new technologies have fundamentally altered the storage technology landscape, changing the makeup of the data center, as well as the organizational structure and/or flexibility of the IT staffing. And these shifts may just be the early signs of the revolution in storage, as it moves away from multiple isolated technologies each with its own expert to fewer, more powerful, and automated technologies.

Topics: Storage Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud Computing on the Network


Cloud computing has made a significant impact on IT. How and where organizations consume, build, and run critical business applications have changed dramatically. As more organizations turn to cloud computing, ESG sought to understand what kind of an impact this transition has had on the network, with specific regard to short-term spending and long-term strategy decisions.

Topics: Networking Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: The Role of Endpoint Detection and Response in Improving Endpoint Security Posture


As cyberthreats increase in frequency and complexity, it becomes more of a strategic imperative for businesses to strengthen their endpoint security postures. Many organizations do so by supplementing traditional antivirus (AV) products with layered preventative and endpoint detection and response (EDR) controls. The desired outcomes of employing additional controls are to improve both threat detection efficacy and the operational efficiency of managing endpoint security solutions and responding to incidents. To realize greater efficiencies, many organizations are adopting endpoint security-as-a-service (SECaaS) and managed endpoint security services to mitigate threats and close the cybersecurity talent gap.

Topics: Cybersecurity Security

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud-first IT on Enterprise Mobility


A cloud-first approach can have economic and operational benefits for businesses, but the policy also comes with responsibilities to protect applications and users. The challenge for IT is to get in front of this cloud-first trend with identity and access management strategies, security processes, and monitoring investments that will embrace cloud consumption models with confidence.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Convergence and Storage: Competition or Coexistence?


The growing adoption of converged and hyperconverged IT infrastructure is having a significant impact on traditional storage systems and the professionals who support and manage them. These solutions are likelier to be deployed in more complex—or at least diverse—storage environments, and are increasingly used to support existing workloads rather than just net-new applications. At the same time, storage specialists are losing their grip on the authority to decide what storage is used in CI/HCI implementations. While the full extent of change toward a more converged IT infrastructure has likely not yet occurred, nonetheless for storage specialists, the writing appears to be on the (data center) wall.

Topics: Storage Converged Infrastructure

ESG Brief: Reliable Virtualization Protection Continues to Elude Many Organizations


Protecting and recovering VMs can be daunting, especially when trying to meet stringent service level agreements for availability/uptime. Backup and recovery software is supposed to make the job easier, but it often doesn’t. At least the root of the problem is apparent—unreliable virtualization protection boils down to a failure by IT departments to modernize their IT protection environments when they modernize their IT production environments.

Topics: Data Protection Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Flash Storage: Growth, Acceptance, and the Rise of NVMe


Solid-state storage (that’s invariably flash today) continues to be adopted across IT, delivering not only performance benefits, but also other key data center benefits such as reliability, cost per I/O, and TCO savings. In terms of the overall storage environment, however, flash still has room to grow, as storage decision makers currently perceive that solid-state-level performance is only required by a subset of their workloads. Looking ahead, the industry is anticipating NVMe-based solid-state implementations, with the expectation that these new storage offerings will overtake not only the more traditional solid-state… but possibly even the larger storage networks themselves.

Topics: Storage flash solid state storage

ESG Brief: Multi-cloud Strategies Are on the Rise


ESG has found that a significant number of companies are already using public cloud infrastructure services, and that a wave-like shift of workloads to public cloud is already occurring. How are organizations approaching their public cloud infrastructure strategies in terms of the number of providers with which they partner, and do they see these services simply augmenting existing on-premises environments or as a means of revolutionizing them?

Topics: Multi-Cloud Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services