Last week I joined over 1,000 IT professionals at the 2010 Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in the Washington DC metro area.
Security in the cloud was a major theme during the conference. Interestingly while security was identified in recent Gartner surveys as the number one concern for companies moving to cloud computing, it isn’t stopping people moving to the cloud. The large majority of corporations surveyed expected to have systems running in the cloud very soon. It seems the benefits are so compelling there is little foot-dragging on this score.
Another interesting topic raised during the conference was that despite all the millions of dollars invested in securing corporate networks and assets, it is often the non-technological leak that causes damage; typically an inadvertent mistake by an insider. The example discussed was the security hazards of using removable media ie a thumb drive, to move files. Now that example really hit home.
All in all it was a good conference – so thanks Gartner for putting together a good program.
Senior VP Worldwide Sales
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