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  • How can you tell whether an IT project will be a boon or a bomb? And how can you spot the land mines in time to change course? Three disciplines can help.

  • IT security may be one of the hottest sectors for IT-related jobs, but make no mistake: It's not work for the squeamish. IT security teams face a daunting gauntlet of growing cyber-threat fears, data-related security challenges and ramped-up pressure from corporate boardrooms, according to recent survey findings from Fortinet. The network security vendor polled more than 1,600 IT decision-makers—most from companies with more than 500 employees—and it discovered an environment that's struggling with rising tension. "With IT security on the boardroom agenda, this and other challenges are clearly adding weight onto the shoulders of senior IT professionals," said John Maddison, a vice president at Fortinet. "Organizations must act now to address the impact of the growing threat environment and the increased scrutiny on IT security." Interestingly, while respondents clearly are feeling strain from both inside and outside their organizations, they also appear to believe they have the tools necessary to adequately secure enterprise resources.

  • Saint Martin's University, a private liberal arts school, takes a focused approach to network control and security, making the IT department more productive.

  • Pioneer Investments, a global investment advisory firm, turns to a more sophisticated, multilayered defense-in-depth approach to boost security and compliance.

  • Despite clear concerns about their abilities to secure infrastructures in a public cloud, companies continue to forge ahead with plans to run their applications in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments. Such are the findings of a recent survey of 363 information security and infrastructure professionals conducted by security policy-management vendor AlgoSec. The survey makes it clear that the migration of applications to public cloud infrastructures presents new challenges for the IT and security professionals and executives charged with protecting applications and data—challenges that will have to be overcome with more frequency."Network security in public IaaS is fundamentally different compared to traditional on-premise data centers, which results in the myriad of operational, security and compliance challenges highlighted in this survey," says Nimmy Reichenberg, vice president of marketing and strategy at AlgoSec. "As organizations look to strategically adopt public IaaS, they must ensure they have holistic visibility and a platform that can manage their network security policy consistently across their entire environment."