The increasing complexity of IT architecture for many businesses means the operation of centralised applications to provide security and functionality may now be less efficient than in the past.
Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, argued data recovery services could be subject to increasing demand in the years ahead unless businesses act now to better safeguard their networks.
Growing areas of risk for data security at present include the increasing number of users remotely connecting to corporate IT infrastructure, as well as the proliferation of mobile devices used to access data.
Meanwhile, browser-based applications directly accessing multiple data sources also represent an increased risk for many firms.
“These developments represent a worst-case scenario for application delivery professionals who now find themselves responsible for the security and performance of applications that access data centers, services and networks that are beyond their control,” Mr Skorupa stated.
As a result, he claimed a shift from the traditional view that a single overriding security policy can safeguard business data is now needed, with moves towards a more bespoke system of data protection taking into account individual systems and networks.
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