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IT Security Is Protecting the Wrong Assets, Says Study

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in network security, convergence, virtualization and more:

  • An Oracle study has revealed that enterprises allocate 67% of their IT resources to protecting their networks, although they believe that a database breach would cause the most damage. According to the study, 44% of respondents believe that their databases are safe, as they are installed deep inside the perimeter. Meanwhile, 35% of organizations base their IT security spend on sensational information rather than real organizational risks. The study warns that this “un-balanced and fragmented approach to security has left many organizations’ applications and data vulnerable to attacks both internally and externally.” For more statistics on IT security spending, see the Oracle press release.
  • Avoid virtualization licensing problems. According to an article on the Sourcing Focus blog, “In the good old days, software was a physical item and was assigned to a physical asset (e.g., a PC) on a one-to-one basis. It was, therefore, relatively easy to count physical assets in order to find out how many software licenses were installed. But as soon as virtualization broke the one-to-one relationship, counting actual license usage suddenly got much more challenging.” The article advises using software asset management tools, as these can automatically keep track of your licences for you. For more advice on managing virtualization licences, see Sourcing Focus.
  • Convergence of cloud, mobility, social collaboration and big data is vital for IT success, says Gartner. According to Gartner, each of these four technology trends is important on its own, but the biggest benefits can be achieved by converging them. ZDNet paraphrased Drue Reeves, chief of research at Gartner, who said that this “technology cocktail will ultimately provide a palette of future services that IT can offer to run and sustain corporate business”. For more information on why convergence is key to IT success, see ZDNet.
  • Cloud computing can help with disaster recovery. Network World interviewed Richard Cocchiara, CTO and managing partner of consulting for IBM’s Business Continuity & Resiliency Services. According to Cocchiara, cloud computing can allow you to back up your data off-site, which is crucial to quickly recovering from a disaster at your location. Cocchiara also believes that the cloud is “very good now for Wintel servers, where you can replicate your data and fail-over relatively quickly.” For more information on how the cloud can assist with disaster recovery, see Network World.
  • And finally … your IT hiring policies may be doing more harm than good. According to a report on IT hiring challenges by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), employers are making a number of hiring mistakes – from maintaining unrealistic expectations to failing to train new employees. For more IT hiring mistakes, see highlights of the DEED report on IT Business Edge.

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