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CISOs require infrastructure-agnostic security and visibility to support data center modernization, survey shows

By Razvan Muresan on Dec 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Conventional endpoint security solutions - originally designed for hardware-defined, premise-based infrastructure - are unsuitable for the modern data center. As a result, 58.4% of IT execs say that the lack of infrastructure-agnostic security is the main challenge in the data center transformation process.

More than a third of CISOs have also mentioned the lack of predictability, lack of visibility, lack of control over snapshots and backups, while more than a quarter perceive the lack of granular access over virtual machines and VMs pools as an obstacle during the process. 

Bitdefender security specialists strongly advise CISOs to use a security solution specifically designed for the infrastructure it will run on (physical or virtual), instead of a single tool. Conventional endpoint security solutions - originally designed for hardware-defined, premise-based infrastructure - are unsuitable for the modern datacenter as they are inefficient to maintain and deploy, hardware-intensive and often ineffective against advanced targeted attacks. 

The vast majority of IT execs say data center modernization will have a favorable influence on their company, bringing both business agility and lowering IT operating expenses. 39.2% of CISO say data center transformation will have a major positive impact, 44.4% expect moderate positive impact, 12% say a minor positive impact could take place. Only 1.2% fear negative consequences, 2.8% forecast no impact on their business.

The survey, conducted in May 2017 by Censuswide for Bitdefender, included 1,051 IT security purchase professionals from large enterprises with 1,000+ PCs and data centers, based in the US, the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. 

View full results here.

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Author: Razvan Muresan

Former business journalist, Razvan is passionate about supporting SMEs into building communities and exchanging knowledge on entrepreneurship. He enjoys having innovative approaches on hot topics and thinks that the massive amount of information that attacks us on a daily basis via TV and internet makes us less informed than we even think. The lack of relevance is the main issue in nowadays environment so he plans to emphasize real news on Bitdefender blogs.