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Australian Organisations Need A Holistic Approach to Security and Business Continuity, Advises IDC

  • 05 April, 2005 15:51

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, April 5th 2005 - Security and business continuity continue to be the most difficult issues facing enterprises around the globe. Most Chief Security Officers are doing all they can with what they have, but it's still not enough.</p>
<p>According to IDC, a well thought out business continuity strategy is measured by both its technical response as well as the competency and capability of its management to deliver a sound business response. Building a secure, reliable and resilient IT infrastructure is only one facet of business continuity. In addition to disaster recovery, risk management, and security elements, a well-defined business continuity strategy should also include components from facilities management, supply chain management, crisis management and communications, health and safety, quality management and knowledge management. This holistic approach will ensure that the IT infrastructure can support a CIOs' timely response to a business incident.</p>
<p>IDC's 2005 Australian Security and Continuity Event "Don’t Fail to Plan! Keep Your Enterprise Secure and Continuous" in Sydney on Thursday April 7th will present an independent assessment of the latest security and continuity issues and trends facing organisations today, and demonstrate how organisations can adopt a holistic approach to security and business continuity.</p>
<p>This important one day event will also provide a forum to discuss priorities when considering future IT expenditure, with expert advice from leading IDC analysts and major IT vendors Symantec, Citrix, HP, Microsoft, Trend Micro, Websense and Lucent Technologies.</p>
<p>"We all know that protecting the integrity of the data stored in the IT infrastructure is of mission critical importance to the business and this is why the percentage of companies in Australia with backup and archive software is so high. However it is another issue entirely how effectively backup strategies work, as that in itself is not an inexpensive nor straightforward venture for an organisation with any degree of complexity in their data centre" said Megan Dahlgren, IDC Senior Software Analyst.</p>
<p>"That said, IDC is seeing organisations extend the technology measures used to support a business continuity plan beyond simply maintaining the integrity of data with backup and archive, to the availability and resilience of the entire business and its assets, both increasingly reliant on IT systems. This is necessary to meet the demands of an always on, 24x7, global business environment," added Ms Dahlgren.</p>
<p>IDC research recently found that despite the increased awareness of business continuity as a concept for the CIOs, the actual implementation in the region remains at a nascent stage. For example, disaster recovery solutions, an important aspect of business continuity, are yet to be accepted by Asia/Pacific enterprises. Most enterprises in the region still take for granted the day-to-day running of communication networks and assume they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.</p>
<p>CIOs also have to deal with risks from malware, as well as the increase in criminal activities and terrorism on the web; privacy violations, identity thefts, industrial theft and espionage. Enterprises also have to deal with regulatory compliance requirements, as more countries implement privacy and data protection rules.</p>
<p>Don’t miss IDC's 2005 Australian Security and Continuity Event if you are a Chief Security Officer, CIO, MIS Manager, IS Manager, CFO, CEO or an executive concerned about your organisation’s IT security. Strategic IT planning managers and IT decision makers from Major User Organisations, Channel, Distributors, Resellers, Solutions Integrators or Security Providers also should not miss this one day event!</p>
<p>To learn more about IDC's 2005 Australian Security and Continuity Event visit or contact Belinda Johnson via email or phone 02 9925 2236. To register for this event visit</p>
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