New Security Report Comes With IT Asset Management Implications

The cybersecurity climate has been a bit choppy in the past few years, as organizations from a wide range of industries and regions have experienced increasing threat proliferation and data breaches. One of the fundamental reasons behind the lag in protection can be traced back to the constant and rapid deployment of new technologies that directly impact information governance, network security and general data management protocols.

In the IT asset management arena, the protection of investments from threats and risks is critical, and can often be streamlined by using a proven provider of the relevant services. The trick is to become more proactive and comprehensive in the planning of new deployments and technologies, while working with a vendor that can meet the requirements of regulatory compliance and security best practices.

Troubling statistics
PricewaterhouseCoopers recently released its 2014 State of Cybercrime Report, which was conducted along with the help of the U.S. Secret Service, CSO Magazine and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. The results of the included survey were somewhat concerning, including one that found more than three-quarters of the organizations who responded had experienced at least one security event in the past 12 months.

“Cybercriminals evolve their tactics very rapidly, and the repercussions of cybercrime are overwhelming for any single organization to combat alone,” PwC’s Global and U.S. Advisory Cybersecurity Leader David Burg explained. “It’s imperative that private and public organizations collaborate to combat cybercrime and gain intelligence about security threats and how to respond to them. A united response will prove to be an indispensable tool in advancing the state of cybersecurity.”

PwC also found that while a majority of respondents were concerned about security risks today, only 38 percent have become more strategic in their provisioning of the relevant solutions and services. When companies are not proactive in their pursuit of security, breaches can be especially devastating.

ITAM takeaways
Asset management can be a highly complex task for the modern IT employee or general manager, and issues within the general framework of oversight are among the most common causes of vulnerabilities. Working with a provider of IT asset and service management solutions that understands the demands of regulatory compliance for organizations in health care and financial services, as well as one that can comprehensive improve the performance of general delivery, can yield more positive outcomes in terms of profitability and resilience to breach.