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IDG Contributor Network: When SD-WAN is more than SD-WAN

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As the SD-WAN market has matured, one thing has become very clear: SD-WAN will not exist on its own. The technology is merging with other networking technologies, ultimately becoming a feature of a much larger bundle. While it may be too early to say what this “new thing” will be, the rough contours are emerging. […]

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Splunk on SOAPA (part 1)

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I’ve written a lot about ESG’s security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA).  SOAPA is happening because enterprise organizations are surrounding SIEM with lots of other security analytics and operations tools to accelerate incident detection and response.  As this occurs, many organizations are actively integrating these technologies together with the goal of building an end-to-end, […]

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Splunk’s position on SOAPA – Part 1

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I’ve written a lot about ESG’s security operations and analytics platform architecture (SOAPA). SOAPA is happening because enterprise organizations are surrounding SIEM with lots of other security analytics and operations tools to accelerate incident detection and response. As this occurs, many organizations are actively integrating these technologies together with the goal of building an end-to-end, […]

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WannaCry makes me want to cry!

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As I read about the WannaCry ransomware attack, my brain is racing with thoughts about the causes and effects of this global incident. Here are my two cents: 1. Ransomware continues to be a growth business, and a bit of work can provide a serious return. The FBI estimated that ransomware payments topped $1 billion […]

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SIEM remains an enterprise security architecture requirement

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Enterprises are changing their cybersecurity technology procurement habits and consolidating the number of cybersecurity vendors they do business with and purchasing security products designed for integration, according to ESG research.  Eventually, CISOs will buy more products from fewer vendors, leading to the rise of a few enterprise-class cybersecurity technology vendors that dominate the space.  These […]

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It’s World Password Day but passwords may be headed for extinction

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Today is World Password Day but a range of alternative authentication methods is challenging passwords so that within the foreseeable future the day of awareness could become obsolete. Biometrics  and cell phones are important to this replacement, with ongoing trials of how effective they might be. There is a flurry of activity in these areas […]

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The move toward enterprise security technology integration

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Last week, I wrote about the move toward cybersecurity vendor and technology consolidation, along with a growing emphasis on technology integration in the enterprise.  Here’s some additional data that reinforces those conclusions. As part of a recent ESG research project, 176 cybersecurity and IT professionals were presented with several statements and asked whether they agreed […]

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Enterprise security technology consolidation

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Look around the cybersecurity infrastructure at any enterprise organization, and here’s what you’ll see—dozens and dozens of cybersecurity tools from just as many vendors.  Now this situation wasn’t planned; it just happened. Over the past 15 years, bad guys developed new cyber weapons to exploit IT vulnerabilities. And large organizations reacted to these new threats […]

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Cybersecurity skills shortage impact on technology innovation

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The global cybersecurity skills shortage continues to be a critical issue. For example, ESG research found 45% of organizations report a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills today, more than any other area within IT. Want more? Here are a few tidbits from last year’s research project done in conjunction with the Information Systems Security Association […]