Marten Bütow
10. May 2017 0
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A swan song to the RUMBLING IT security DEBATE

Virtually all industries are aware of the opportunities of digitization. Yet – according to Bitkom Research (see the following link http://www.itespresso.de/2017/02/21/firmen-empfinden-digitale-transformation-als-beschwerlich/) every enterprise finds a hair in the digitization soup or racks its brains about unresolved problems. And of course topping the problem rankings are the “German classics”.  The Goethe and Schiller of digitization obstacles if you like: data privacy and data security.

38 (data privacy) or 37 percent (data security) of the 500 enterprises surveyed cite these two topics as the main obstacles to digitization. The paradox is that enterprises can increase their level of security as part of digitization. If you take for example, the dynamic workplace concept.

Dynamic workplaces stands for the state of the art for IT workplaces. Workplace environments are provided dynamically, anywhere and in line with needs. The core is operating the applications from a cloud. And those are not just applications which are provided natively for cloud environments, but also legacy applications which have already been used for years. A second point relevant to security is that you generate, store and manage your data in the cloud. So that data is no longer backed up locally on the device, but is backed up centrally against loss and unauthorized access. Yet the actual point is that the high level of standardization of workplace provisioning (and of management) makes it easier to achieve a high end-to-end level of IT security. For it is up to the service provider to deliver IT security – as an integral part of the dynamic workplace.

You can relax!

“We recently had a virus in our system and managed to get it back under control within half a day. How do I resolve this problem if I work with a cloud?” – this question recently came up in a webinar that I was taking part in. “You don’t,” replied the speaker, “It’s up to the cloud provider to prevent this situation. As a user you buy IT security as part of the package. It is an integral part of what the provider delivers from the cloud.” And it really is like that. Major providers run specific departments with specialists for IT security looking after up-to-date IT security. Smaller enterprises can normally not afford this functionality. The move to the cloud is a move to more IT security.

If you then choose a service provider who can implement data-privacy requirements because that provider fulfills German/European law, you will finally kill two birds with one stone. And Goethe and Schiller, IT data privacy and security, will rest in peace. In the best sense of the word 😉

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