Consumerization of IT changing security landscape


The increasing adoption of a more mobile, social, data-driven and consumer-like workplace is resulting in the breakdown of traditional security models and strategies, and the need for a new way of thinking about IT security, according to research firm Gartner.

"Gartner predicts that by 2018, 25 percent of large organizations will have an explicit strategy to make their corporate computing environments similar to a consumer computing experience," notes as article at Cloud Tweaks. "Security organizations and leaders that fail to alter strategies to accommodate a more consumerized workforce will be sidelined by engaged organizations."

The result of all this is that significant changes are underway at many organizations in regards to how they approach IT security.

"Employee digital literacy has led to a growing consumerization movement within most enterprises, with employees using a variety of consumer-oriented apps for business purposes," the article explains. "Other workforce trends--such as out-tasking, globalization, networked reporting structures, shadow IT and a desire to foster employee engagement--are all impacting IT strategies. As organizations shift toward a more digital workplace, long-held approaches to security need to be examined."

Part of this is driven by the sheer volume of devices in the digital workplace. Add to that the increase in sophisticated and dynamic attack methods and insider threats.

Combined, the impact is to make the traditional approach of focusing on prevention controls ineffective, the article explains. This includes signature-based anti-malware, network and host intrusion prevention systems, pervasion encryption and continuous patching.

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