Check Point reveal top security challenges for 2011

He identified the following areas as being on the radars and agendas of CISOs worldwide, with some making it into the board room as important discussions.

  1. Virtualisation and the cloud: “This is a board room issue. 28% of organisations have a private cloud, and a further 30% plan one. In 2012, CIOs will virtualise 55% of production servers. The challenges associated with this trend include lack of skills in the security team, cost of new solutions and regulatory issues.”
  2. IT consumerisation: “This is also a board room issue. 30% of enterprises are implementing tablet computers and by 2013, we will see a 100% increase in smartphone usage. Companies are starting to embrace the idea of ‘bring your own PC to work’ and are asking Check Point to help secure these devices”.
  3. Consolidation and complexity in security: “51% of security professionals consider managing the complexity of security as their biggest challenge. There is a huge trend to converge and unify information security technologies which we all need to be doing”.
  4. Web 2.0 and social media: “42% of organisations are prepared to deal with web 2.0 risks in order to capitalise on business benefits”.
  5. Data security and data loss: “$7.2m is the average cost of a data breach in 2011. USBs and laptops, corporate email and web mail are the largest sources of data loss”.
  6. Threat landscape: “This can be broken down into two motives: Crime and profit, and Cyber-warfare and hacktivists. The biggest recent threats include stuxnet, operation aurora, and zeus zbot”.
  7. Governance, risk and compliance: “”Governance and compliance has the greatest influence on the information security programme for 60% of companies”.
  8. Cost-saving IT: “This is definitely a topic that makes it into the board room”.
  9. Green IT: “For 70% of companies, the main reason for ‘going green’ is cost savings”.

With the above challenges in mind, Check Point’s Vecchi presented a ‘to do’ list for Check Point Experience attendees, and presumably, the industry as a whole:

  • Prevent loss of sensitive data
  • Secure web 2.0
  • Meet compliance requirements
  • Secure mobile end points
  • Protect against attacks
  • Secure virtual/cloud environments
  • Reduce IT security spending.

Vecchi concluded his presentation by assuring the audience that Check Point’s suite of products and software blades have “all of this covered”.

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