Gartner’s Security & Risk Management Summit at the National Harbor in Baltimore, MD, held June 11, 2012 to June 14, 2012, attracted organizations from every corner of the IT security industry. From mobile management and eDiscovery to big data and migration to the cloud, there were sessions and exhibitors to address all major sector trends currently discussed in the market. Headline speakers included Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers, and Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President on Cybersecurity.
The Summit kicked off with interesting keynotes by Gartner analyst Carsten Casper and communication consultant Mark Jeffries. Casper used the automobile as a metaphor for IT; he said new security features – anti-lock brakes, airbags, cameras – are part of a continual improvement process. Similarly, IT security must keep advancing. Jeffries’ keynote asserted that whether or not one’s title reads “Sales,” in order to be successful, IT professionals must be able to sell themselves and their ideas in a crowded market.
A major topic at the Summit was the massive migration of data to the cloud and the implications for control over one’s information. Another topic was ‘big data’ and how it can improve security through the analysis of patterns and reputations, leading to the successful identification of threats. To illustrate the growing importance of big data in today’s business environment, Gartner’s Neil MacDonald predicted that by 2016, 40 percent of enterprises will actively analyze at least 10 terabytes of data for Information Security intelligence, an increase from less than three percent in 2011.
The Summit also hosted a panel regarding the security investment climate. Speakers, including Signal Hill partner Don More, discussed how the investment environment for early stage players is strengthening and the acquisition interest in innovators is ongoing. The conclusion made was that mobile, cloud, social and other major IT advances are dependent on addressing security first, driving strong sector growth for the foreseeable future.
For more coverage of the summit, see http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/na/security/