ESG Brief: The Role of DevSecOps in Automating Application Container  Security

Abstract:

The rapid adoption of application containers is creating a new set of cybersecurity challenges and, as a result, an expanded set of requirements for server workload security solutions. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are moving quickly into production with a side effect of sprawl, as previously experienced by IT departments with the advent of virtual machines. Exploit attacks experienced by many organizations have created concerns about how application container environments—including registry-resident images and orchestration platforms—expose a new set of software, configuration, and access vulnerabilities. ESG research also reveals a strong interest in automating security via DevOps (“DevSecOps”) and shows how these practices allow cybersecurity and operations teams to integrate security in each stage of the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline that governs the build-ship-run phases of the container lifecycle.

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management

ESG Channel Survey: Modern Partner Enablement Trends

Abstract:

The objectives of this channel survey were to identify current trends and needs for effective partner enablement today, and determine how IT vendors should modernize their partner enablement programs and delivery from the ground up. ESG surveyed channel partners that sell into mid-size and enterprise organizations--38% IT value-added reseller, 36% managed services provider, 20% cloud services provider, 4% national or global systems integrator, 2% local or regional systems integrator. Survey respondents represented small, midmarket, and enterprise companies.

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

ESG Brief: The Growth in the Use of Application Containers

Abstract:

Over the past several years, application containers and container management platforms, such as Docker and Kubernetes, have emerged as a new application packaging and delivery format, optimized for more agile application management and delivery. But with this rise has come questions about both the level of adoption and pervasiveness of usage for containers. Research conducted by ESG shows that containers are quickly moving from labs into production via the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies being employed by many organizations that now manage infrastructure as code (IaC). But ESG also found that the move to containers doesn’t exclude existing application deployment methods, nor are containers limited to only new cloud-native applications.

Topics: Cybersecurity Systems Management Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection: Attack Protection for Cloud, On-premises, and Hybrid Environments

Abstract:

Security continues to be a key focus of organizations across industries. Traditional security practices employing multiple security and management tools are expanding the attack surface—making it more difficult for IT to effectively set and manage security policies. Many businesses are still not adequately protected from the proliferation of bad actors, but are uncertain about how to address this increasingly urgent situation. Microsoft’s new cloud-based Azure Advanced Threat Protection solution may be a welcome addition to the vendor’s Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. By leveraging machine learning algorithms and behavior analytics, this solution can protect organizations against security threats lurking across networks.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Blockchain - Appearing on IT's Ledger

Abstract:

Research conducted by ESG reveals that a healthy number of IT organizations are at least testing the waters of blockchain technology, especially in verticals like financial services, telco, and transportation. As organizations look for ways to leverage blockchain to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs by leveraging a secure, decentralized platform that can help eliminate the middle man of transaction-based aspects of their business, continued proof points across verticals will go a long way to simplify the core concepts and clarify the benefits that organizations can achieve through the disruptive technology in their specific businesses.

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

ESG Brief: IoT’s Impact on the Network

Abstract:

As IoT devices play an increasingly important role in tracking supply chains, enabling smart cities, and delivering a differentiated shopping experience, it will be imperative to ensure your network and operations teams can handle the increased demand. Understand what your peers are reporting as the biggest impact of IoT on the network and operations and begin to ask the appropriate questions to ensure successful IoT initiatives and activities.

Topics: Cybersecurity Networking Enterprise Mobility

ESG Master Survey Results: Trends in Hybrid Cloud Security

Abstract:

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on how organizations view the impact of hybrid and multi-cloud strategies on their cybersecurity priorities, processes, and technology purchases.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: 2018 Cybersecurity Spending Trends

Abstract:

IT spending for cybersecurity products and services continues to accelerate in 2018 as business and IT executives grapple with the dangerous threat landscape. Given the scope of the monetary and brand damage associated with data breaches and other security incidents, it is not surprising that cybersecurity continues to be treated as a business issue—rather than merely an IT priority—and budgeted appropriately.

Topics: Cybersecurity Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Brief: Microsoft Cloud App Security: Detect, Control, and Enhance Threat Protection

Abstract:

ESG’s 2018 IT spending intentions research indicates that 63% of organizations will increase cybersecurity spending in 2018,1 and it’s safe to assume that data security concerns at least helped to influence these more bullish general security investment positions. Companies that do not want to fall victim to potentially disastrous situations are prioritizing investments in solutions such as Microsoft Cloud App Security. Microsoft shops are likely to find Cloud App Security a welcome enhancement to their environments.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Platforms & Services

ESG Research Report: 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 651 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2017 IT spending as well as their 2018 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

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