Security: Bleak Prospects for Corporate Data CenterBy Baselinemag | Posted 2006-04-26 Email Print
How safe is your data? Not very, according to a recent AFCOM study of top issues in the data center.
Are you paying enough attention to your company's data center? Probably not, according to AFCOM, the Orange, Calif.-based association for data management professionals. AFCOM recently released a set of predictions resulting from a membership study it completed in March. The facts are startling.
For starters, while 83 percent of respondents say their company has a risk management plan in place, only 1.3 percent of those plans specifically address security breaches, and only 2.7 percent address virusesthe greatest cause of corporate financial losses, according to the 2005 Computer Crime and Security Survey sponsored by the Computer Security Institute and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Furthermore, 40 percent of respondents admit that a business disruption would cost their company anywhere from $250,000 to $5 million for each hour of downtime. The figures, says AFCOM president Jill Eckhaus, back up the association's claim that within the next five years, 25 percent of all data centers will experience a security disruption severe enough to affect the entire business. "There will be security breaches in the future," she says, "yet companies aren't focusing on it."
Adding to that issue is the fact that data centers are on the cusp of a severe skills shortage. AFCOM forecasts that by 2015 the talent pool for data center professionals will shrink by a whopping 45 percent. "This is part of the enterprise skills shortage that all companies are facing," Eckhaus says. Already, 38 percent of respondents say they have open positions in their data centers, and 47 percent admit that finding qualified employees will become increasingly difficult. "Many data professionals will start retiring in five years," says Eckhaus, "and for the first time, there is no one to replace them."
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