Security Investments Remain Strong

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Baseline’s exclusive annual research study of midsize and large organizations reveals the 10 trends that will play a significant role in enterprises in the coming year.

Trend 8: Security Investments Remain Strong

“New technologies and new implementations of existing technologies, such as mobile devices, exploded,” says Seth Shestack, associate director of information security at Temple University, in Philadelphia. “Bring your own device [BYOD] has exploded. People want to be connected everywhere.”

Plus, he adds, “There’s a whole other area of content that our constituents desire to consume, especially with mobile devices. They want to be able to see their roster, their grades, their tuition balance.”

The result? New risks from data and content being transmitted almost everywhere. This is fueling a continuing high investment level in security and the related area of business continuity. In fact, a high proportion of organizations we surveyed expect significant deployments in 2012. (See chart 8 below.)

As we noted in last year’s report, security spending lagged somewhat during the “Great Recession,” but its return is now being bolstered by trends such as the growing use of mobile technology.

Shestack breaks this down into three areas: “I have to protect that data in transit; I have to manage access control to the data; and once that data is on the device, what happens to it if the device is lost?”

To address the new threat vectors inherent in mobile demand, Temple uses endpoint protection, access control and continuity solutions from Symantec. But even with this strongly renewed focus, there is still much to do. “Anything I have considered truly sensitive we have not authorized on these devices—yet,” Shestack reports.  

For more, read Baseline's Top 10 Business Trends of 2012.

This article was originally published on 2011-12-07
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