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Software Defined Data Centers and Security–What’s in a Name?

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 29, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last fall, I wrote a research note for Gartner clients titled “The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security” that explored the impact of software defined infrastructure on security – and the evolution of information security infrastructure to become software-defined itself. Today, I saw that NetCitadel had announced an offering in this emerging space […]

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Getting Ready for Gartner’s 2012 Infrastructure & Operations and Information Security Summits

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve been absent from my typical blogging routine getting my material finalized for two Gartner upcoming US-based summits in June 2012. The first is Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Management Summit being held in Orlando the week of June 4th. This conference is focused on infrastructure and operations solutions for managing desktops, servers, and mobile devices […]

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DevOps Needs to Become DevOpsSec

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 17, 2012  |  Comments Off

DevOps seeks to bridge the development and operations divide through the establishment of a culture of trust and shared interest among individuals in these previously siloed organizations. However, this vision is incomplete without the incorporation of information security, which represents yet another silo in IT. Breakdowns in communications and processes across development, operations and security […]

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Security Observations from Gartner’s Data Center Summit

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

I’m just back from Gartner’s US 2011 Data Center Summit held this week in Las Vegas. In my previous post, I talked about information security vendor’s concerns on the potential impact of the Eurozone crisis on information security spending. Here, I want to outline the top security-related  issues and concerns that I discussed with attendees […]

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Will the Euro Crisis Affect Information Security Spending?

by Neil MacDonald  |  December 9, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’ve just gotten back from Gartner’s Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. Like Gartner’s recent US Symposium and European Symposium, the conference had record attendance and interest in information security was high. I’ll place the top security-related issues from non-vendor attendees in a separate post. On the vendor side, I had several information security providers […]

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Building Context-Aware Security: VMware Acquires PacketMotion

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

VMware quietly disclosed it has acquired PacketMotion in this recent blog post by Dean Coza of VMware. We identified PacketMotion as a cool vendor in Gartner in this 2009 research for clients. Essentially, PacketMotion uses standard Intel-based hardware appliances  (as well as a virtualized probe implementation that runs inside of virtualized environments) to deliver full […]

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It’s Time for Security to Ascend

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 24, 2011  |  1 Comment

As I research into the future of adaptive security infrastructure, I am convinced that the future of information security lies in software, not hardware. If you think about it for a bit, most of information security policy enforcement is in the form of software already – it’s just embodied (entombed?) in physical hardware. Unfortunately, the […]

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Seven Cloud Computing Pet Peeves

by Neil MacDonald  |  July 15, 2011  |  Comments Off

1) Treating Cloud as one thing. At a minimum, clarify whether you are talking about SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS – and whether you are talking about public or private cloud implementations. 2) Assuming Cloud always means Public Cloud Cloud is a computing style, not a location. 3) Citing Security as the number one issue to […]

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Redefining IT and Information Security: Symantec’s Industry Analyst Conference

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 24, 2011  |  Comments Off

I’m attending Symantec’s worldwide analyst conference in New York City today (24 May 2011). Symantec’s CEO, Enrique Salem, kicked off the morning with a discussion of Symantec’s role in the changing world of IT and information security. Enrique called out five megatrends that are challenging our preconceptions about the role of IT and information security: […]

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Information Security is Becoming a Big Data Problem

by Neil MacDonald  |  April 12, 2011  |  Comments Off

We talk about the need for analytics and business intelligence to help the business make better business decisions, It is time to bring this same technology to the information security department. What we need is actionable, prioritized and risk-based insight from this sea of information. I’ll take it a bit further. There are some emerging […]

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