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Data Center Security Still Not Top Priority: SANS Survey Results Revealed

Organizations Still Rely on Legacy Systems;
Automation Is Key to Timely Remediation

  • Bethesda, MD
  • October 20, 2014

Data center security teams must secure their assets on legacy, cloud, and virtual systems, according to the SANS 2014 Data Center Security Survey. In it, 77% of respondent organizations are using hypervisors in their data center architectures, 27% still also include mainframe computers, and 14% still include Windows Server 2000.

"The survey highlights the large number of data center operations still relying on legacy technologies, including mainframe computers, AS/400, SCO, and Windows 2000," says senior SANS Analyst, Jake Williams, who authored the survey results paper that will be released during the associated webcast. "Organizations still using these technologies should recognize that, although they are not alone, they must take steps to manage their current needs and plan for changes in their systems."

Automation of detection and response capabilities is one step organizations can take to secure their systems, regardless of what technologies they use. Adds Williams, "The SANS Data Center Security Survey defines the need for automation, but simultaneously identifies that full automation is easier said than done."

Data center managers are focused on automating availability and load balance, with 92% reporting that they wholly or partially automated these systems. Only 65% have partially or fully automated compliance monitoring.

"Automation for uptime monitoring [availability and balance] appears relatively easy to accomplish, while automating compliance monitoring appears more difficult (based on the percentage of respondents who have done so)," continues Williams.

Full results will be shared during an October 29 webcast at 1 PM EDT, sponsored by IBM and McAfee/Intel Security, and hosted by SANS. Register to attend the complimentary webcast at www.sans.org/info/169752

Those who register for the webcast will also receive access to the published results paper developed by SANS Analyst and data center security expert, Jake Williams.

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