Why Firms' Network Security Plans Need Re-evaluation

By Gina Roos

The biggest security challenges around the data center for organizations continue to be a lack of visibility into security policies, manual processes and poor management practices, according to a recent survey conducted by AlgoSec, a provider of network security policy management. Many organizations face a big risk of outages, which can negatively affect an enterprise's profits, productivity and reputation. While the survey finds that involving more people internally and externally in a company's security management leads to increased IT risk, the number of applications—often more than 500—in data centers makes it impossible not to distribute the responsibility. This can open up significant opportunities for security providers to help organizations solve their biggest security challenges. Solution providers and channel partners can help organizations achieve visibility, alignment and communication across the key stakeholders by helping them examine issues such as what the process looks like, how to enforce it and how to add automation, said AlgoSec. It's all about getting the right people, as well as the right processes, technology and solutions. Here are 10 key takeaways from the survey that should give security teams food for thought.

This article was originally published on 2014-04-24
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.