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Dimension Data launches security strategy service

New offering focuses on tech lifecycle as it pertains to cyber security

Dimension Data launches security strategy service
Gyde: Today, barely a week goes by without a global headline featuring cybercrime, data theft or information leakage.

Dimension Data today announced the availability of its Technology Lifecycle Management Assessment for Security.

The assessment is designed to help organisations determine which devices on their corporate network require immediate attention over other devices, based on the network location and severity.

According to Dimension Data's 2012 Network Barometer Report, two thirds of all corporate network devices analysed in 2011 were carrying at least one known security vulnerability.  And of the known security vulnerabilities discovered, four of the top 10 most prevalent were new, and three of them had a high severity rating.

"These statistics should be a reminder to those in IT security to identify and apply security controls consistently across their organisation, or run the risk of security breaches that can severely impact business and damage brand reputation if made public," says Matt Gyde, group general manager, Security Solutions, Dimension Data.

"In some countries, non-IT executives could even be held personally liable for security breaches.  Today, barely a week goes by without a global headline featuring cybercrime, data theft or information leakage. In fact, data leaks and non-compliance now rank right up there with market crashes and natural disasters on a board of directors' typical priority risk list. In 2011, there were 14,215 regulatory announcements affecting businesses across all industries," he adds.

Gyde cites the Sony PlayStation Network incident, where over 77m PlayStation Network accounts were hacked.

"What's more startling is the fact that, of the 77m accounts affected, 12m had unencrypted credit card numbers.  Not to mention the millions lost while the site was down for a month," adds Gyde.

While every organisation aims to achieve a high standard of security compliance and adaptive firewall policies that best protect their IT infrastructure from insider and outsider threats, Dimension argues that this is often difficult for clients to achieve due to the proliferation of threats and increased pressure around compliance.

With the newly launched assessment, Dimension aims to help organisations proactively plan, design, and build security architectures based on changing business demands and their appetite for risk.

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