Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

16. Security Gets Hot, Again

Hackers and cyber-criminals produced more viruses and worms in the last 12 months (estimated at more than 1.6 million unique samples) than in 2008, and more than in the years 1989 to 2007 combined. However, the volume of vulnerabilities discovered in software and the number of identity records compromised fell for the first time in years. The problem now isn’t volume but value, as hackers hone their skills at capture richer treasures through stealthy attacks. The point isn’t lost on businesses, which are looking to data loss prevention, advanced intrusion detection, application-aware firewalls and encryption to safeguard their most precious information and assets. The increasingly mobile nature of data and devices, as well as the growing capacity of mobile media, is forcing enterprises to invest in security despite budget constraints. As a result, security solution providers and their vendors are finding rich veins of sales opportunities.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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