As Bogdan Botezatu wrote in his post Here Come Software-Defined Data Centers - What are the Security Implications? — the software defined data center is here to stay and is expected to grow from $25.61 billion in 2016 to $83.21 billion by 2021, at nearly a growth rate of about 30% annually.
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When companies suffer a data breach, employees are usually key in enabling hackers to access to the infrastructure to steal sensitive information. In spite of billion-dollar efforts to bolster corporate security and educate employees, Internet users in the US still have little knowledge about basic cybersecurity, according to a recent Pew Research survey.
Organizations have been facing an increase in sophisticated cyberattacks attributed to governments or corporate and financial espionage. What’s striking is that it takes companies an average of 5 months to detect a data breach, easily enough to incur even crippling losses.
We’ve been starting to write more about the software-defined data center here at Business Insights because it’s become clear this is where enterprise networks are quickly moving. While software-defined networking gets all of the headlines — Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a big part of the software-defined data center.
While software defined data centers (SDDC) are believed to be the future of data centers, companies have already begun implementing or planning their growth strategies to encompass this trend.
Wrongly considered the new kid on the block by some enterprises, virtualization technology has been around for a decade and embraced by many technology-oriented businesses due to its flexibility and room for expansion, increased productivity, superior storage capacity, and lower costs, among others.
More than 1.4 billion data records are estimated to have been compromised in 2016 as a direct result of data breaches, spawning an 86 percent increase compared to 2015, according to a Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. With organizations continuously being targeted by cybercriminals either with sophisticated advanced threats or through infrastructure vulnerabilities, the main driver behind these attacks is often related to financial gains or gratification.
For many enterprises, the software-defined data canter (SDDC) is the IT infrastructure of the future. And for innovative organizations it’s the data center of the present. Either way, SDDC offers a number of compelling potential benefits compared with traditional data center environments, such as reduced costs and greater agility.
In 2016, the number of ransomware attacks increased 300 percent from 2015, with over 4,000 attacks detected per day, according to US government statistics. Ransomware is among the worst types of infection, as it not only encrypts network data, but in the end may cost victims all their data – even if they pay the ransom. It should be a priority for all businesses and organizations in 2017.
A vital, actually a most fundamental, aspect of enterprise security is helping organizations to keep confidential information confidential. This is why security at the data and document level is something to which much more attention should be paid by enterprises.
Recent surveys have revealed that 34 percent of companies have been breached in the past 12 months alone, with 74 percent of IT decision makers claiming they have little to no clue as to how the breach occurred.
If it’s data that your customers gave you that’s breached, it’s your responsibility.