Rapid advancements in communications technology have been accompanied by an equally swift multiplication in security threats, a growth in cybercrime as well as the introduction of new security regulations.
Despite security concerns, according to a recent study, a majority of executives polled by Deloitte - 60.9 percent - believe cloud computing will be a transformative technology in the industry and can drive financial benefits, or at least be useful for certain kinds of enterprise services.
Web 2.0, which allows information to be sourced from many locations and displayed as composite parts of new applications, is changing the way enterprises use the Internet for business interactions with employees, customers, partners and suppliers, according to a recent Alcatel Lucent whitepaper.
Company officials contend that cloud computing "is on the horizon with the promise to reduce costs by creating virtual computing 'clouds' in cyberspace."
New business models enabled by Web 2.0 and cloud computing are indeed creating more challenges by externalizing business processes and moving them to cyberspace where there is less control of private data and the traditional enterprise perimeter can no longer provide a sufficient defense.
The new business models are being rapidly adopted without mastering how to make the technology less vulnerable, according to Alcatel Lucent officials. As companies embrace mobile communications, enable employees to work from remote locations, and co-market and sell with partners, the enterprise IT team needs to respond with new security methods to keep the enterprise secure.
As such, an advanced and secured communications network is the key to enabling an enterprise to respond to this new business environment and become a dynamic enterprise.
According to the Deloitte survey, cloud computing enthusiasm was somewhat tempered by executives' concern over security and privacy, as 34.6 percent cited these issues as the largest considerations for adopting cloud computing in their organizations.
However, by following a user-centric security blueprint, enterprises will be positioned to leverage new business models made possible by Web 2.0, cloud computing and mobile communications technology.
According to Alcatel Lucent, this blueprint describes the elements required to:
· Secure the voice and data fabric of the network given new requirements for security;
· Empower employees of the enterprise to maximize productivity;
· Drive down the cost of securing the enterprise; and
· Deliver the information concerning security that must be managed.
They will also be able to continually evolve to respond to new and increasingly sophisticated security threats, the growth of cybercrime and the introduction of new regulations.