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ESG Sees Growth in Enterprises

MILFORD, Mass. -- The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), a leading information technology (IT) analyst firm focused on information storage, security and management, today announced the availability of a new research report, Security Management Matures, a unique research study that examines the security management policies, procedures, and technologies at large organizations. ESG undertook this research project to assess how large organizations are managing security threats and to determine how security management practices complement regulatory compliance and IT operations efforts.

The new report is based upon a survey of 207 Information Security professionals responsible for evaluating, purchasing, and operating security management technologies at North American-based public and private organizations. Respondent organizations ranged in size from 1,000 to over 20,000 employees. The 49-page report includes data analysis presented in 35 figures and 9 tables.

The report uncovers an important trend: To analyze security events, regulatory compliance controls, and IT operations, large organizations are collecting a significant amount of log file data from security appliances, networking devices, and applications. Todays log data capacity will pale in comparison to impending requirements however, the report finds that large organizations will collect, store and analyze more log data from more sources in the very near future. For example:

  • More than 40% of large organizations collect at least 1TB (terabyte) of log data on a monthly basis while 11% collect more than 10TB of data each month. Additionally, nearly one-fourth of large organizations collect data from 1,000 or more sources (i.e. security, networking, and IT devices and applications).
  • More than one-fourth of large organizations expect that the number of sources (i.e. security, networking, and IT devices and applications) from which they collect log file data will “increase substantially” over the next 12 months.
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