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November 2017, Vol. 8, No. 9

Enterprise network management and security require collaboration

Powerful forces are driving networking and security professionals together. And it's about time. Cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, according to market research firm Cybersecurity Ventures in Menlo Park, Calif. In particular, cybercrime that specifically targets enterprise networks is growing. It's clear that networking and security professionals must work together to focus more on enterprise network management and security to combat those threats. The awareness is already there. Global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively from 2017 through 2021, according to Steve Morgan, Cybersecurity Ventures' founder and editor in chief. "Network security, and in particular, next-generation firewalls, will be a big chunk of that." Still, many fear that despite the growth in spending, security continues to be bolted onto the network after the fact. "We have to build networks with security in mind, and network and security groups will...

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