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Infosecurity: Information security vendors lag threat vectors
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of June 2011
As a snapshot of the state of our industry, the Infosecurity Europe conference in April underlined the extraordinary pace of change that enterprises are facing. In 2010, the security implications of smartphones and cloud computing were just coming on the agenda; a year later, these threat vectors took centre stage. Successive debates and panel discussions at this year’s conference revealed a growing concern over these twin trends that apparently seem unstoppable since cloud computing is cheap, and smartphones are sexy. In both cases, it seems organisations are falling over themselves to adopt these technologies without letting security considerations get in the way. The economics of cloud computing make it hard to resist, especially for companies struggling to cope with the long recession. As many Infosec exhibitors reported, organisations are desperate to reduce both their capital expenditure and their operational overheads. Cloud services can fulfil both those aims, and they may even improve security by applying a level of ...
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