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  • The art of managing IT risk is never quite mastered

    Risks abound, and no amount of preparation or caution will eliminate them entirely from our lives. This is as true now as it was in the past, and it likely will remain true in the future.

    While technology enables us all to work more effectively and productively, the necessity of managing IT risk remains. Risk follows wherever we go -- from the data center to the cloud, from virtualized workloads to containers. Smart IT organizations are continuously assessing threats and then devising ways to minimize them. That's the goal, at least.

    This issue of Modern Infrastructure examines some of the current approaches to managing IT risk, from maintaining security to handling costs.

    In our cover story, TechTarget's Beth Pariseau writes about the particular challenges of container security. IT shops have been reluctant to put containers in production in large part because of the uncertainty about how secure they might be. Updates from Docker and more disciplined app development practices are making containers less risky, Pariseau writes. And there's reason to think that containers could be even more secure than VMs.

    Getting comfortable with containers is a process not unlike how technology professionals learned how to safely use cloud services. It takes some time and effort, but managing IT risk can bring exciting and powerful new tools safely into the fold.

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  • Shadow IT risks still primary driver of CASB use

    Visibility in cloud environments has proved challenging for information security executives tasked with protecting sensitive data and other assets. Continue Reading

  • Bolster your DLP strategy with help from the cloud and CASBs

    As data is increasingly stored in the cloud, it's difficult to maintain a DLP strategy if you're faced with poor data visibility. Find out how you can harness cloud to improve the process. Continue Reading

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  • How to ensure a secure data transport of information in the cloud

    A secure data transport of information stored in the cloud can be challenging. Expert Frank Siemons explains the options available to companies for securing physical data movement. Continue Reading

  • Seven supply chain risk factors that affect assessment, mitigation

    Over the years, managing supply and demand has become increasingly complicated. Here's a look at factors that influence today's supply chain risk assessments. Continue Reading

  • How to prevent network downtime in the modern enterprise

    Today's enterprise network finds itself under unprecedented strain, with the number of connected devices and "things" increasing and end-user expectations of speed and performance growing. Meanwhile, as IT professionals strive to offer the latest and greatest technological services to customers, network resources don't always keep pace. Something has to give.

    Such a scenario is ripe for significant, unscheduled network downtime, and in the digital age, these outages come at large scale and enormous cost. Enterprises that have recently experienced major network downtime -- such as Delta Airlines and Salesforce -- have lost millions of dollars and suffered incalculable blows to their brands and reputations. Organizations simply can't afford outages like these in today's digital-first business environment. In this edition of Network Evolution, we explore the dynamics of the modern outage, and how enterprises can minimize their risk of network downtime.

    Also in this issue, we take a look at evolving automation tools and how they can make network managers' lives easier. And finally, we'll tell you what you need to know about Cisco's new digital whiteboard, Spark Board, and how it stacks up against Microsoft's Surface Hub.

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