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BroadGroup Data Centre Security Report provides guidance for security risks


BroadGroup’s Data Centre Security Report 2010 provides extensive and up-to-date guidance on enhancing security for both new and existing data centers. The recent report found businesses believe that denial of service attacks, human error and data security are the three main security risks facing data centers.

Data centre security clearly remains challenging: none of the companies surveyed saw the overall threat level as having decreased over the past 12 months; in fact, 27% believed it had gone up. One of the operators interviewed actually recorded between 170 and 200 distributed denial of service (DDoS) events every two weeks.

Aside from the security of existing data centers, the report also examined how companies look for new ones. Both commercial service providers and end-users saw security and availability/resilience as the top two criteria for companies selecting additional server space.

BroadGroup’s annual report addresses the main trends driving change in data center security for the future. It notes that 70% of end-users ranked virtualisation as the top issue.

Stuart Bonell, associate consultant at BroadGroup and the author of the report comments, “IT providers are racing to adapt security products to virtual machines. This approach to infrastructure requires alternative licensing models, new security software and innovative approaches to deploying across virtualised architectures.

“End-users are under pressure to adopt virtualisation to save costs, but are concerned how this will affect their data security. We also expect that approaches and products which focus primarily on the data itself, rather than networks or other access routes, will attract greater interest in 2010.”

The Data Centre Security Report 2010 provides guidance for data center security gathered from end-users, commercial data centers and numerous experts across physical, logical and people-related security. Each section includes links (150 in all) to further information covering applicable standards, suppliers of relevant products and sources for further study.

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