Global survey reveals IT Infrastructure results

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EMC Corporation, has revealed a wave of fresh insights about the IT strategies and infrastructures deployed within companies and governments throughout the world.

Most notably, a startling lack of senior executive confidence permeates organizations globally, specifically concerning readiness around the critical IT requirements of continuous availability; advanced security; and integrated backup and recovery.

Reduced investment in these critical areas threatens the ability of IT infrastructures to withstand and quickly recover from disruptive incidents such as unplanned downtime, security breaches and data loss and underscores the need to adopt progressive strategies to achieve Trusted IT infrastructures.

The Global IT Trust Curve survey, spanning 3 200 interviews across 16 countries and 10 industry sectors, also quantified wide-ranging geographic and industry variations.

China received the top maturity ranking: Chinese IT decision makers reported implementing the highest concentration of sophisticated continuous availability, advanced security, and integrated backup and recovery technologies.

The United States ranked second in maturity on the IT Trust Curve. Underscoring swift and aggressive technology investments to solidify their world influence, three of the four most mature countries – China, South Africa and Brazil are BRICS nations. Japan ranked last on the IT Trust Curve in the16-nation survey.

“Most IT practitioners do everything within their power and control to protect the enterprise. Where breakdowns can occur is in communicating up to business leaders, executives, Boards and audit committees. We hear it from Boards all the time. Practitioners need to be able to demonstrate to leadership that they have a governance process whereby they can adequately instil confidence that risks are being addressed in line with the organization’s overall risk appetite and profile. Success against a particular threat is not just and accident good luck, but the result of a solid process that continually monitors and addresses new risks and threats to the enterprise,” says Irina Simmons, EMC Chief Risk Officer.

“The time has come for the industry to double down. It’s impossible to deliver advanced security if we lack foundational maturity. Without a predictable environment, or understanding of where our assets are, or an ability to pick up on nuances and detect behavioural anomalies, we will be unable to defend the organization. That baseline of foundational maturity is an absolute enabler of effective security and establishing overall trust,” says Dave Martin, EMC Chief Security Officer.

“Among the many powerful insights that flow from this global study, the rampant lack of senior executive confidence stands out as both alarming and, unfortunately, a sign of the times. Nearly half of respondents say their senior management has zero confidence that their organizations are prepared with adequate availability, security, and backup and recovery. That one startling fact stands as a wakeup call for company boards to make the necessary investments to brace against both external and self-imposed disruptions and threats to their IT systems and data,” says Christian Christiansen, Program Vice President for IDC’s Security Products and Services Group.

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