Don't Let the IT Security Paradigm Shift Leave You Stranded

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Traditional Security Paradigm

The security paradigm as most organizations view it.

Looking at resource and funding trends, it is clear that most mainstream organizations view IT security requirements as follows. (Please note that some of the solutions and projects listed under one category will span across more than one category but they are listed under the category they fit the best. As an example, Firewalls are primarily an enforcement point but they do have policy control functions and sometimes intelligence functionalities as well.)

Enforcement: Enforcement takes the lion's share of IT budgets and resources. Investments in antivirus software, IPS/IDS, firewalls, web gateways and email anti-spam solutions can be categorized as primarily enforcement centric. This area of IT security is quickly commoditizing with focus moving to policy management and in some cases to intelligence functions.

Security is a hot topic today. Only a few years ago, security was on the back burner of most IT departments, seen as a necessary evil with few executives ever exposed to it. With the recent spate of high-profile attacks and ensuing losses, IT security is now viewed as the difference between an organization's ability to carry out its mission and going out of business. This is why security is a topic frequently appearing on board meeting agendas and piquing the interest of C-suite executives.

While funding and awareness have increased, it is unclear if organizations are making investments in keeping up with the evolving security landscape. A lot of the newly available funding and resources have been allocated to the existing funding gaps and "perceived" deficiencies in an organization's security posture. This is why IT security is a $58B market today but organizations are not any safer than they were a few years ago. In this slideshow, Shel Sharma, marketing manager at security startup Cyphort, discusses the evolution in the security landscape and how to align new security budgets and resources with this new paradigm vs. investing in more of the same old security.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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