Welcome!

Government Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Dana Gardner, Liz McMillan, Gopala Krishna Behara

Related Topics: Cloud Security, Agile Computing, Government Cloud

Cloud Security: Article

Unisys Makes Five Security Predictions for 2011

.

"Security officers and professionals now must figure out how to address the new security challenges that arise as hundreds or thousands of ... new devices and their associated applications are introduced into the enterprise infrastructure," said Patricia Titus (pictured), Vice President and Global Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, Thursday in an announcement headlined Security Predictions for 2011.

Titus's main point was that the consumerization of IT trend presents a double-edged sword.

“On one hand, ready access to popular devices and technologies gives consumers and employees a level of convenience and productivity they’ve never had before," she noted, before adding her point that such new devices and applications increase the risk profile within most enterprises.

The following five security trends are the five that Unisys believes will emerge in 2011 as organizations respond to the evolving threat landscape:

1. Increased focus on consumer device security policy – The consumerization of IT trend has created vulnerabilities in organizations’ network perimeters. A recent Unisys-sponsored study revealed that tech-savvy information workers are blurring the lines between work and home in their use of consumer devices, and that employers don’t seem to have an accurate understanding of what technologies their employees are using in the workplace.

Unisys comment: To deal with this threat, in the coming year Unisys expects organizations to reassess and extend their security policies beyond the physical edges of the enterprise network to secure employees’ use of mobile devices. Such policy changes will likely focus on authenticating the identities of device users and encrypting enterprise data as it traverses the network.

2. Biometric enablement of mobile devices – Related to this challenge, Unisys predicts that 2011 will see increased usage of biometrics to help secure usage of mobile devices. Recent Unisys Security Index research showed that while many consumers are taking proactive steps to protect themselves against cyber crime and identity theft, only slightly more than a third of Internet users in the U.S. regularly use and update passwords on their mobile devices.

Unisys comment: Unisys expects biometrics such as facial image or voice verification to be increasingly used in 2011 to verify the identities of mobile device users, in addition to the more traditional user ID or password. In addition, Unisys expects the use of token-based encryption to increase to authenticate mobile device transactions such as high-value Internet purchases. Examples around the world include smart cards to combat payment fraud and facial image or voice recognition verification through cell phones.

3. Port worker ID programs –Following recent terrorist incidents involving air cargo, Unisys predicts a greater focus by U.S. government authorities in 2011 on effective ways to secure shipments entering the country and to verify the identities of authorized personnel in restricted areas of maritime ports.

Unisys comment: With 90 percent of the world’s trade transported by sea and terrorist threats on the rise, U.S. port security initiatives could be accelerated in the coming year with maritime ports increasingly adopting biometric-based identity and credentialing solutions. This could include a new wave of implementations of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) programs fueled by new government mandates for the program and the success of TWIC field tests of integrated biometrics systems, such as at the Port of Los Angeles.

4. Business continuity planning as a defense against cyber attacks – Recent cyber attacks have resulted in highly publicized server outages that have shut down Internet access in government, academia and the private sector.

Unisys comment: With dependence on Internet communication continuing to grow, Unisys security experts predict an increasing interest in business continuity planning in 2011 as organizations work to ensure they can conduct critical business in the event of a cyber attack. Unisys expects enterprises to invest more in alternative paths such as automatic re-routing of communications from voice-over-IP to cellular or satellite for critical communications in the event of an Internet outage.

5. Location-based security – In 2011 Unisys predicts that organizations will begin to exploit location-based technologies such as global positioning systems as a means of securing employee access to sensitive enterprise data and systems.

Unisys comment: Through use of these advanced technologies, IT managers can monitor in real-time the locations of employees and limit or disable their ability to access sensitive information or conduct sensitive transactions in high-risk areas such as public spaces. Use of such advanced location-based solutions can also allow organizations to better track staff deployed overseas and to account for their location in the event of a security incident.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...