Encryption hampering data centre consolidation

62% say their biggest worry is losing control of cryptographic keys.

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Encryption hampering data centre consolidation Pavie: Security teams need to move away from traditional approaches
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  February 12, 2014

Recently released research from SafeNet has revealed that security challenges are hampering data centre consolidation, despite 75% of security and IT executives viewing consolidation as important.

A research, based on a global survey of around 600 security and IT executives, found that encryption and key management needs were severely hampering data centre consolidation efforts. Specifically, of those who viewed data centre consolidation as important, 62% said their biggest worry was losing control of cryptographic keys.

Indeed, only 21% of respondents indicated that they are currently employing encryption in their virtual environments. The lack of staff that could be dedicated to encryption management was also an issue, the survey said.

"The adoption of new technologies-such as big data, mobility, and cloud-based services-has pushed data centre consolidation to the top of the priority list for many businesses. Yet it is clear that security concerns combined with a lack of resources are hampering the progress of such transformations," said Sébastien Pavie, SafeNet's MEA sales director.

Pavie suggested that, with data now stored across a hybrid IT landscape, security teams need to move away from traditional approaches, and instead adopt new encryption techniques.

The survey also found that 27.5% of respondents had more than 10 business applications that required encryption. However, 74% had at least some encryption keys in software, leaving the door open to attackers.

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