#SecChat This Thursday – Securing the Next Generation Data Center

The modern data center is in transformation. Driven by industry trends in virtualization, cloud computing and green IT, data centers are now called upon to store, process and secure more information than ever before. Still, the data center remains the heart and soul of an enterprise’s technical infrastructure, and gaps in security can result in everything from brand damage and legal fees to regulatory fines and service downtime.

This Thursday at 11am PT, we’ll be hosting our October #SecChat, opening up the floor to discuss the challenges associated with securing the next generation data center. Evelyn de Souza (@e_desouza), Senior Manager of Datacenter Solution Marketing at McAfee, will be joining us in the chat to give her perspective and answer your questions.  Some topics we’ll touch on:

-What types of initiatives and projects do you have underway or planned for your data center, and at what stage – design, post-design, implementation or post-implementation – do you think security should be a consideration?

-When it comes to consolidation, virtualization and cloud computing, are you using the same security solutions to protect both your virtual and physical environments?

-What and how many security products do you have deployed, and do you feel that having multiple vendors is causing any gaps in your protection?

-On the technical side, how important is protecting your hypervisor in your virtual environment, and which industry associations or analysts are you following to get guidance on your data center initiatives?

Recently, we ran a data center security study with Brocade, and discovered 62 percent of respondents are planning or engaged in data center upgrades, (many due to increased use of virtualization). Additionally, 29 percent of the respondents report that scaling server virtualization is a concern, and 32 percent report that bandwidth and traffic engineering are pressing issues. We’d like to hear from participants around these concerns, and if the survey results reflect a similar sentiment in your enterprise.

Join us this Thursday, 10/27 at 11am PT, by following the #SecChat hashtag and @McAfeeBusiness Twitter feed to share your thoughts and get constructive feedback as we discuss the latest trends, challenges and solutions in data center security.

Logistics: How do I participate in #SecChat?

  1. Find
  •  Search for the#SecChat hashtag (via TweetChat, TweetDeck, or a Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
  1. Follow
  • @IntelSec_Biz will get the conversation rolling by posing a few questions to participants.
  1. Engage!
  • Tweet your reactions, questions and @reply’s to the chat, making sure to use the #SecChat hashtag.
  • #SecChat should last about an hour.



Questions? Find us on Twitter at @IntelSec_Biz

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