IT Departments Should Claim Responsibilty for Managing New Technology

January 4, 2013

If there have been any common themes among future predictions about the high-tech sector, they likely start with the adoption of cloud computing, social media and mobile solutions in the enterprise. Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC, recently said that these three technologies, combined with big data, will account for approximately 90 percent of IT investment between 2013 and 2020.

"Companies that are not putting 80 percent or more of their competitive energy into this market will be trapped in the legacy portion of the market, growing even slower than global GDP," Gens said.

These technologies will provide companies with an array of benefits for the foreseeable future. One potential issue, however, is that traditional infrastructure security measures – and many security technology providers – will likely be rendered obsolete.

As a result, Earl Perkins, research vice president at Gartner, recently suggested that company and IT leaders take responsibility for safeguarding their corporate networks, according to Network World. He said it will be important to manage cloud-based and mobile solutions "adequately and securely" as companies continue to adopt bring your own device (BYOD) strategies.

Perkins suggested a two-fold measure to security, beginning with a "people-centric approach." This means educating employees on how to safely practice BYOD, what they are responsible for and stressing that there will be consequences for people who violate BYOD rules.

At the same time, company and IT leaders need to be realistic about the chance of a data breach. No matter how well they educate their employees, all it takes is one instance of BYOD malpractice for a hacker or virus to infiltrate the system. Therefore, Perkins said management needs to respond in a timely manner to breaches, which likely requires having plans in place beforehand.