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Most IT resources security today are plugged into protecting networking equipment from hackers and breaches. Not a bad idea, surely? But most enterprises are now recognizing that the goods hackers want the most are in databases and storage servers.
According to Oracle, which reported its latest research in IT security spending on Monday, the majority of enterprises are allocating their IT security resources on networking equipment rather than the server banks that store vast amounts of corporate and user data.
In the survey with 110 companies from industries including Financial Services, Government, High Tech, more than two thirds of IT security resources remain allocated to protecting the network layer, while less than one third of the staff and budget resources were allocated to protecting core infrastructure such as databases and applications.
Today’s findings underscore the relevance of Oracle’s “security inside-out” approach which means focusing attention on the organizations most strategic assets which include databases, applications and users.
Specific Research Findings are:
“IT Security has to focus attention on the most strategic assets. Organizations can’t continue to spend on the wrong risks and secure themselves out of business. When attackers do break through the perimeter, they can take advantage of weak security controls against the core systems by exploiting privileged user access, vulnerable applications, and accounts with excessive access,” said Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer at Oracle. “Organizations have to get the fundamentals right — which are database security, application security and identity management.”
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Source: Associated Press