Published By: Symantec
Published Date: Jul 11, 2017
The technology pendulum is always swinging. And chief information security officers must be prepared to swing with it—or get clocked. A look at recent history illustrates the oscillating nature of technology. In the 1980s, IBM mainframes dominated the landscape. In the ’90s, client-server computing came on the scene and data was distributed on personal computers. When the Web assumed predominance, the pendulum started to swing back to a centralized server. Then, just as quickly, mobile took the lead, with apps downloaded to workers’ devices—the new client server. Now, as mobile devices continue to populate the enterprise at a rapid rate, the IT model is changing again—to the provisioning of information on a just-what’s-needed, just-in-time basis from centralized servers consolidated in the cloud. The pendulum continues to swing and IT workloads are moving to the cloud en masse.
As information security continues to rise to the top of the enterprise priority list, what used to be an easy-to-control environment, with all data stored behind the corporate firewall, is no longer. Shadow IT, mobile computing, consumer IT, and cloud computing are all transforming enterprise IT. Workers using unsecured networks and devices without encryption are also a concern, as data breaches cost organizations millions of dollars in fines, data loss, investigations, and customer backlash.