BEDFORD, Mass. - February 10, 2009 -
RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today released, in conjunction with the Security for Business Innovation Council, the results of their third report, " Driving Fast and Forward: Managing Information Security for Strategic Advantage in a Tough Economy." In this report, top security leaders from around the globe examine the information security challenges created by the current economic crisis, and offer concrete strategies for achieving more with less in 2009.
"In a tough economy, it's tempting for enterprises to rein in business innovation," said RSA President Art Coviello. "However, strategic initiatives that enable revenue growth and operational transformation are more critical than ever. Security practitioners can help business leaders safely pursue the most lucrative business opportunities by understanding the risk picture and identifying the right trade-offs. At the same time, security teams must find ways to squeeze the most out of every dollar. For example, EMC's Chief Security Officer and council member Roland Cloutier recently freed 25% of EMC's monitoring and response operational resources and achieved a four-fold improvement in alert performance by consolidating device, application and technology monitoring into a centralized SIEM solution."
While the economy is in a downturn, the demands on security programs are escalating. Budgetary and staffing pressures coupled with heightened regulatory requirements, escalating threats and high senior leadership expectations continue to drive up the business stakes on security. In this climate, security teams are facing hard decisions about where to invest their time, money and efforts.
"Creating efficiencies and driving business advantage can seem like conflicting objectives, but they don't need to be," said Dave Cullinane, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of eBay Marketplaces. "Especially in this current economic environment, it's more important than ever to make sure you have the right expertise on your team to make good risk/reward decisions, which will ultimately ensure you invest in the right things."
Released today, "Driving Fast and Forward: Managing Information Security for Strategic Advantage in a Tough Economy" provides five timely recommendations for managing security programs for business success in 2009:
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