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McAfee Looks to 2014 as a Big Year for Data Center Protection
The data center is already one of the biggest parts of a lot of operations out there, but as far as security titan McAfee is concerned, it's about to be protected like it is the biggest, and particularly in India. McAfee (News - Alert) released a report talking about the biggest trends in the security industry in India, and the focus is set to be on the data center for 2014.
A combination of factors will come together to put particular importance on the data center in 2014, starting with the growth of the bring your own device (BYOD) doctrine and moving on from there to increased use of the cloud for more than just business. Moreover, businesses will face—as the McAfee report describes—data that moves through an increasing number of platforms, including several that wouldn't ordinarily be considered complementary, like the public and private clouds. As data flows from servers to storage facilities and beyond, the number of points at which security could be breached and data could be taken only increases.
Worse, enterprises—which really isn't at all surprising—are looking for one-stop shopping when it comes to security, wanting one solution to protect all types of applications, something that just can't be had, according to McAfee. But particularly with BYOD, there are a variety of issues that need to be addressed simultaneously that really can't be addressed from one product. Things like the prevention of data loss, or controls to network access, authentication systems and the like really need individualized treatment, and the report suggested that firms needed to revamp entire systems in a bid to fit BYOD needs.
Moreover, the growth of the Internet of Things has also lit something of a fire under data center security growth; all that information has to go somewhere, particularly to form actionable conclusions, and the data center is likely the place for that. But with all those devices patching in, that's a large number of potential fail points for security. Indeed, a recent study from Ericsson (News - Alert) suggests that, by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices in play, up from just one billion in 2012. That's a lot of points of access for the data center, and in turn, a lot of potential points for bad actors to hit.
That's going to, in turn, drive small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to get more active in terms of security, bringing in more protection measures and being more careful about the apps installed and the like. Of course, this isn't likely to be the trend only in India, but the McAfee report focused on developments in India.
Indeed, there's likely to be quite a bit more focus put on security measures throughout the world in 2014. Considering that some wondered if the NSA's recent snooping efforts as expressed via things like PRISM were at least somewhat facilitated by tapping directly into fiber optics, it's worth wondering what kind of importance security will take on in 2014. With more threats becoming clear, and more points of access coming into play, stepping up security is just a smart response.
Security has always been important in anything having to do with data, no matter where in the world it is. McAfee's assertion that security will be even more important in 2014 isn't out of line, and will likely come to pass when we start looking at the future of 2015 this time next year.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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