ESG Brief: Informatica Announces Innovations for AI-driven Data Management

Abstract:

Informatica, a leader in enterprise cloud data management, recently announced several enterprise data management enhancements across its unified, AI-powered Intelligent Data Platform to promote agility, efficiency, and productivity. Updates include next-generation analytics, an AI-powered data catalog, cloud and hybrid updates for AWS and MS Azure provisioning and autoscaling, data governance, privacy, 360 engagement, and a customer success portal.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Ransomware Still Rampant, Fueled by Insurance Companies

Abstract:

While ransomware is not a new cyber-threat, largely entering the cybersecurity scene in 2016 and 2017 with a number of high-profile attacks, research conducted by ESG reveals that a majority of organizations continued to experience ransomware attacks in 2019, representing a concern for both business and IT leadership teams. The research further reveals the prominence of cybersecurity insurance policies, and the relationship between ransomware payouts and those companies that hold these policies. A subset of organizations with cybersecurity insurance report that their providers are advising, and possibly even pressuring, them to pay cyber ransoms, further fueling the success rates and the economy built around ransomware. This disturbing trend sets the stage for the continuance of ransomware, and an opportunity for criminals to exploit those organizations that have engaged with cybersecurity insurance companies.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: Cloudera Machine Learning

Abstract:

Organizations are turning to AI technologies to enhance their data analytics capabilities and address the real-time needs of the business through faster, more accurate predictive insights. But between skills gaps, limited collaboration, and ineffective or minimally available tooling, organizations are looking for help. Cloudera has introduced Cloudera Machine Learning as the next evolution of their proven Cloudera Data Science Workbench to provide organizations with the help they need to achieve success in leapfrogging the competition using AI.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Research Report: 2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

In order to assess technology spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 658 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’ 2019 IT spending as well as their 2020 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

Survey participants represented a wide range of industries including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, communications and media, retail, government, and business services.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Research Report: The Evolution from Data Backup to Data Intelligence

Abstract:

A chasm exists between traditional “dumb” data backup, in which data is only moved around but not leveraged to drive or support business outcomes, and data management, in which data is better understood and reused for other technical or business purposes. The data protection space is undergoing a fundamental shift from traditional backup and recovery with the emergence of more autonomous AI-based solutions.

In order to understand how this confluence of changes is creating a dichotomy between currently available solutions and end-users’ desired data protection state in the next few years, ESG surveyed 359 IT professionals at organizations in North America (US and Canada) responsible for data protection technology decisions for their organization.

Topics: Data Protection data management

ESG Brief: The Expanding Role of DevSecOps Practices

Abstract:

ESG conducted research in the fall of 2019 to examine the composition of cloud-native applications, explore the challenges associated with securing cloud-native environments, and gauge the emergence of secure DevOps programs, or “DevSecOps,” as a methodology to protect the lifecycle of modern applications. The number of organizations who have or plan to implement secure DevOps practices has grown appreciably since ESG’s similar study in 2017, leading to an expanded set of use cases and, over time, broader coverage of an organization’s footprint of cloud-native applications. DevSecOps, for the purposes of this ESG brief, is the automation of security via the integration of cybersecurity controls and processes in the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline of DevOps.

Topics: Cybersecurity

ESG Brief: The Cybersecurity Awareness Conundrum

Abstract:

It is an obvious move to provide cybersecurity awareness training to employees to ensure their secure use of the company network across multiple cloud and hybrid environments—and it is an arguably altruistic bonus to enhance employee personal life cybersecurity. But does cybersecurity training accomplish what we want it to? Does it effectively stop users from clicking on malicious links in phishing emails or help them recognize a seemingly innocuous email that might offer privileged access to an attacker? Some say yes; some say no. ESG conducted several studies in 2019 that provide insight into respondents’ use of cybersecurity awareness training and their perception of the service.

Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity education

ESG Master Survey Results: The Evolution from Data Backup to Data Intelligence

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT and data protection professionals at private- and public-sector organizations in North America (US and Canada) between June 28, 2019 and July 21, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be IT decision makers currently responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ production storage and data protection mechanisms, as well as their organization’s approaches to facilitating data usage by primary and secondary beneficiaries.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on the transition from traditional data backup processes to data management strategies in which data is better understood and reused for other technical or business purposes.

Topics: Data Protection data management

ESG Master Survey Results: 2020 Technology Spending Intentions Survey

Abstract:

ESG conducted a comprehensive online survey of IT professionals from private- and public-sector organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (UK, France, and Germany) between October 31, 2019 and November 26, 2019. To qualify for this survey, respondents were required to be senior IT professionals familiar and involved with their organization’s overall 2020 IT budget and spending plans. All respondents were provided an incentive to complete the survey in the form of cash awards and/or cash equivalents.

This Master Survey Results presentation focuses on 2020 IT budget expectations, technology initiatives and priorities, year-over-year spending change (overall and by different technologies), hiring/staffing challenges, and cloud adoption/usage trends.

Topics: Storage Cybersecurity Data Protection Networking Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Converged Infrastructure Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Taking the Pulse of Employee Cybersecurity Habits

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Cybersecurity clearly has the attention of IT departments and executives. High-profile attacks and the resulting direct and indirect costs associated with security breaches have helped drive awareness over the last decade and give security practitioners a louder voice in the organization. However, the average worker is more concerned with maintaining productivity and convenience in their increasingly overlapped work and personal life. Cybersecurity solutions must begin to deliver the technology experience workers demand.

Topics: Cybersecurity