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Guido Sanchidrian | 04 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

The role of the board of directors in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is changing significantly and becomes increasingly challenging due to major trends like cloud migration or big data, as well as initiative in mobile computing such as Bring-Your-Own-Devices (BYOD).

The board of directors and senior management have to re-think periodically their ERM approaches, concepts, techniques and tools to meet new business objectives and to achieve processes enhancements.

Adopting a structured approach to ERM by using industry best practices such as COBIT, COSO, ISO 31000, ITSM/ITIL, etc. provides a vital instrument to develop a common language that builds a "community of purpose" between operations and strategic business, and facilitates the discussion across the organisation.

Cloud computing in particular impacts the full bandwidth of financial risks, infrastructure risks, market risks as well as reputational risks. In the latest paper published by the...

tzambrovitz | 28 Sep 2011

Maybe somebody can explain it to me, because I’m not getting a clear picture of late from the numerous virtualization events I’ve attended. I’ve read the research, I’ve interviewed architects, systems administrators, consultants and even a few IT execs, and I’ve reviewed information from various vendors on the challenges and solutions around virtualization. So, is complacency the new IT strategy for business-critical virtualization? 

At a recent event that shall remain anonymous, I asked a few of the attendees at lunch what challenges they were facing as they virtualized their infrastructure. One immediate response was “budget”. Now, I understand that there are investments to be made in acquiring the infrastructure and software, and the time it takes to define and resource a project. But, in the face of reducing server provisioning from weeks to minutes, recovering failed systems in seconds and minutes...

Guido Sanchidrian | 23 Sep 2011

Darren Thomson is Symantec’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the EMEA region. He holds the most senior technical position in the region and works within Symantec EMEA Technical Sales Organization (TSO).

As I meet Symantec customers and partners to talk about some of the impacts that virtualization, mobile and cloud computing are having on their businesses, I hear time and time again about the importance of information and about the fact that the governance and security policy that surrounds information will be key to ensuring successful transitions to new computing and service delivery models. In almost every case, though, the organisation that I am speaking to is (fundamentally) struggling with the same problem: “Where on earth do I start with all of this?” I hear a lot of potential answers to this question ("data...

Guido Sanchidrian | 23 Aug 2011

Security is one of the top concerns for business who are considering a virtualization solution. In our recent 2011 Symantec Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey we found that 76% of respondents said that security was a significant concern preventing companies from moving business-critical apps to virtualized servers. 63% also listed security as a major barrier to implementing server virtualization in the workplace. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 was designed with protection of virtual infrastructure in mind. It allows organizations to deploy higher densities of virtual machines without compromising on security.

  • It takes much of the scanning out of each virtual machine, reducing scan overhead by up to 70 percent and disk input/output by as much as 90 percent
  • It prevents AV storms by ensuring that simultaneous...
Robert Mol | 27 Jul 2011

If you run a business, your IT infrastructure is probably a major concern when it comes to the efficient functioning of all sorts of day to day tasks, ranging from the menial to the absolutely essential. A lot relies on getting the right system and right team to work with it. To a lot of businesses, the cloud seems too good to be true. Vendors harp on about all the benefits; cheaper costs, portability, simplified scalability, etc. When it comes to the people who actually have to pay for these changes, in the hope that these benefits will materialise, they are rightly skeptical. After all, a cloud solution could well be cheaper to start with, but if it goes wrong then it means a lot of disruption and wasted resources to switch back to the old ways of working.

According to the results of one of our latest surveys - the...

stuartbeattie | 26 Jul 2011

While virtual servers remove many constraints caused by tying operating systems and applications to hardware, they are still subject to the same risks and issues associated with their physical equivalents. A server is a server, with processing, memory and I/O, after all. But just because it shares the same facets as a tin-and-silicon machine, does this mean it should be secured in the same way? To answer this, it’s worth thinking about the architecture that results from server virtualization. You will still have physical servers (it’s a bit hard to do without them) each of which will be running several virtual servers. As such and from a security perspective, you’ve actually added a layer – which can be both a benefit and a constraint.

Advantages & Disadvantages

First, the advantages. In principle, a virtualized environment can benefit from all the security measures already in place in the physical world. If physical servers are in a...

John Magee | 10 Jun 2011 | 2 comments

Technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing offer the potential to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency – benefits organizations can’t afford to ignore. The shift to a cloud-based IT infrastructure is a goal for many, with 75 percent of enterprises at least discussing the implementation of these technologies. Whether you are just beginning to implement virtualization and private cloud computing or are already in the process, here are a few recommendations to give you the smoothest transition possible, based on the results of our 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud Survey.
Keep expectations realistic. Because virtualization and cloud computing are still maturing, it can be a challenge to set...