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MeriTalk: Cyber Threats are Primary Concern in Federal Data Center Modernization

cybersecurityA new MeriTalk study has found that 67 percent of federal information technology managers worry about cyber threats as their agencies modernize data centers.

MeriTalk said Monday the “Heart of the Network: Data Center Defense” report is based on a November 2014 online survey of 300 IT decision makers across the federal government.

The Palo Alto Networks-underwritten research showed that advanced targeted attacks, zero day bugs and advanced persistent threats are the top security concern at each phase of a data center modernization project in agencies.

Seventy-two percent of respondents have given a grade A or B for their organizations’ efforts to secure infrastructure during the modernization process.

However, more than 50 percent said their agencies lack endpoint protection, mobile device management and automation systems to help secure their data repository hubs, the report states.

Federal IT leaders who participated in the study believe agencies should invest more in security technologies, exchange strategies and strive to increase compliance with security policies.

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