SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

February 13, 2013 09:35 ET

Aberdeen Group Publishes IT Security and IT Infrastructure Research

Research Examines IT GRC, IT Hiring, IT Certification, SaaS Data Loss, and Virtualization

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 13, 2013) -  Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of new research reports from its IT Security and IT Infrastructure research practices.

Aberdeen's IT Security and IT GRC practice published a three-part series on current trends in building and maintaining a security, risk and compliance workforce, based on insights from a 4Q2012 survey of more than 100 organizations. In "Hiring in IT Security, Risk and Compliance: The Current and Future Skills Shortage," vice president and research fellow Derek Brink noted that implications of a current and future shortage of hands-on skills include growth in software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment models, increased reliance on professional services for highly specialized skills and industry-specific experience, increased investments in professional certifications, and increased investments in security awareness and training. To access a complimentary copy of this report, please visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/Aberdeen-Library/8328/SI-information-technology-hiring.aspx

In "Hiring in IT Security, Risk and Compliance: What Companies Want (and Where They'll Find It)," Brink writes that the most important attributes in hiring candidates -- and simultaneously the most difficult to find -- include industry experience and specific technical skills, along with professional certifications and formal education. Successful enterprise security and compliance initiatives also rely on "softer" skills, however, such as communication, cross-functional facilitation, and the ability to influence without direct authority. To access a complimentary copy of this report, please visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/Aberdeen-Library/8329/SI-information-technology-hiring.aspx

In "Hiring in IT Security, Risk and Compliance: Do Certifications Matter?," co-authored with research associate Matthew York, Aberdeen notes that market conditions and hiring preferences imply a growth in professional certifications, as well in as professional services companies that provide certified professionals to the market. To access a complimentary copy of this report, please visit http://www.aberdeen.com/Aberdeen-Library/8330/SI-information-technology-hiring.aspx.

"SaaS Data Loss: The Problem You Didn't Know You Had," one of two reports authored this month by Dick Csaplar, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen IT Infrastructure/ Virtualization and the Cloud research practice, shows that most SaaS vendors protect the data only against major disasters but provide no protection for inadvertent end-user over-write or application data contention. End users are encouraged to contract for full back up and protection of their mission critical SaaS data. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?spid=30410182&cid=8323&camp=2.

Next from Csaplar, "Optimizing Business Performance: Why Every C-level Manager Should Care About Virtualization" shows that organizations are receiving many operational and financial benefits from deploying virtualization technologies. The report provides details on how server, storage and desktop virtualization technologies are transforming IT, making them more of a business partner to the lines of business. Every C-level manager that wants a closer and more directed relationship with IT should care about virtualization. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/Aberdeen-Library/8327/AI-server-storage-virtualization.aspx.

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), is a global, full-service, multi-channel marketing services firm with deep expertise in developing research-based technology marketing content. Enabled by its team of 40 analysts covering 16 industry-sector categories, Aberdeen provides B2B marketers with relevant content assets available in multiple formats that target each stage of the customer buying cycle. 

Aberdeen has offices in Boston and London. Harte-Hanks operates 25 offices in the United States, and has locations throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.

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