Organizations Choose Performance Over Security

By Samuel Greengard
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At the heart of operating a business and managing IT systems is the critical balance between performance and security. Despite the introduction of increasingly sophisticated tools and technologies designed to ratchet up results in both areas, CIOs, CISOs, and other IT and business managers face growing and often daunting challenges. According to a recently released report from McAfee, "Network Performance and Security," the stakes have never been higher for enterprises looking to protect digital assets. However, the majority of respondents consistently opt for performance over protection. What's more, there's often a belief that enabling security protections such as firewalls adversely affects network performance. As a result, some organizations go so far as to disable key features and leave others turned off. "Unfortunately, turning off important firewall features because of network performance concerns has become a common practice," says Pat Calhoun, general manager of Network Security at McAfee, part of Intel Security. Here are some of the key findings from the report.

This article was originally published on 2014-12-16
Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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