Over a year ago, IBM began a global conversation about how the planet is becoming smarter with an increasingly instrumented, interconnected and intelligent infrastructure. There is an explosive growth of data that is collected about virtually every aspect of our lives that we can connect and share across billions of devices with built-in intelligence. Our ability to use this data to visualize, control and automate what happens in our environment influences every aspect of our lives from financial transactions, to healthcare, retail, transportation, communications, government and utilities.
Security remains a prerequisite for doing business in today's dynamically evolving enterprise – managing risk in this environment is a challenge with constantly changing vulnerabilities, both internal and external, as the threats become more sophisticated. Failure to protect our systems results in lost business and impacts brand trust and business advantage.
Security for the smarter planet
Security can allow organizations to take risk and be an enabler of innovative change for them. Let's look at how security can help manage complexity, reduce costs and assure compliance.
Few would argue that IT security challenges are rising with an increase in sophisticated threats. Organizations will turn to any number of best practices for guidance, but the adherence to service management (ITSM) disciplines and the adoption of information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) services has proven to be the most effective. Industry surveys indicate that 87 percent of breaches were considered avoidable through reasonable (foundational) controls and the highest performers in the area of security management were those that adopted ITIL as their best practice approach. When creating a security “foundation”, it is important that organizations take a business-driven perspective – ensuring they align IT with their business objectives, allocate risk across security domains, and enforce the appropriate security level in each area in light of business opportunities, threats, and vulnerabilities.
Technology has a huge potential to help manage risk while enabling innovation for business growth. Imagine a smarter planet where critical infrastructures are more secure, cities are safer, your identity and privacy are protected, and you have ability to use social networking sites and new, cool apps on smart devices without worrying about the risks. A smarter and more secure planet is in everyone's interest, and the time for us to act is now!