The rising cost of security breaches and why risk management is important
Current Analysis blogger Paula Musich discusses how increased security budgets are necessary to prevent data breaches. It's clear that data breaches are becoming more costly each year. Musich sites a Ponemon Institute research study in which it was revealed that average losses are 18% higher than last year. The average data breach costs $188 per record. Musich explains, however, it is also important for CISOs to increase their risk management protocols to further protect against attacks.
RSA Conference 2014 predictions
Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Jon Oltsik makes predictions about potential "hot topics" at this week's RSA 2014 Conference in San Francisco. Among his predictions about areas that will receive particular scrutiny: advanced malware protection and prevention, security analytics and mobile computing security. Oltsik adds, however, that mobile computing security might not get as much attention as expected because of the corresponding Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.
Delta switch tested on Cumulus Networks' new OS
On PacketPushers, network administrator Willard Dennis had the opportunity to test a Delta Networks 6448r switch running Cumulus Networks' open source OS and only found minor drawbacks during his lab testing. Dennis writes that he appreciates the similarities between Cumulus Linux and Debian Linux, but he also raises the question of whether Linux will be able to do for switches what it did for servers. Says Dennis, "Will there be an eventual convergence between system admins and network engineers centering around Linux as the common platform? There are many questions such as these waiting to be answered, but I for one am excited about the possibilities."
VDI is fading fast, but there are options on the horizon
Blogger Keith Townsend continues his discussion of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from the previous week. He says that even though VDI isn't dead, it is fading away. While Townsend himself believes VDI is a simple solution to a complex problem, it's important to think in terms of a business mindset to help a company make the best investment, which, long term, is not VDI. Townsend says, in fact, that VDI could disappear in as few as 10 years. To that end, Townsend advises anyone relying on a VDI solution to come up with an exit plan.