As large-scale data breaches and high-profile hacking attacks regularly make headlines, companies around the world are rushing to secure their digital networks. According to research firm Gartner, total global spending on information protection will grow to $71.1 billion by the end of this year, representing a 7.9 percent increase since 2013. The researchers predict that number will grow another 8.2 percent in 2015.
Gartner expects the growing prevalence of mobile and cloud based technologies in corporate settings to drive security investments. Incidents like the recent theft of celebrity photos from private cloud accounts are raising concerns about the potential weaknesses of virtual storage, prompting both companies and individuals to take a closer look at how to keep hackers at bay. By the end of next year, the research firm anticipates that 15 percent of all IT security services will be cloud-based.
"This Nexus of Forces is impacting security in terms of new vulnerabilities," Gartner research director Lawrence Pingree said in a news release. "It is also creating new opportunities to improve effectiveness, particularly as a result of better understanding security threats by using contextual information and other security intelligence."
Companies that use cloud and mobile technology are wise to proactively invest in extra security measures to defend valuable corporate information. The best way to do this is undoubtedly to work with a VAR or MSP that can identify the best ways to protect virtual storage accounts from attacks. Such providers are uniquely positioned to help corporate leaders secure confidential data and implement best practices to minimize the risk of a breach. Of course, the efficacy of such providers depends entirely on their talent, which is why VAR Staffing helps identify and recruit top talent to fill these positions.