The Future of Enterprise Software and IT Security
These days you can't get too far through a news broadcast or website without alighting on a story about cybersecurity.
It is an important topic for businesses precisely because the internet and networks are all but ubiquitous in the commercial world.
We hear a lot about the virtues of cloud computing, the end of the PC and the rise of personal devices and software as a service - yet a new era of enterprise IT comes with its own security concerns.
Research firm Gartner recently highlighted the promise - and the security concerns - of one of these new rising trends in enterprise IT: Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVDs).
This is a software technology which allows end-users to access their desktops from any device remotely, with the data itself located in a secure, centralised location.
In a statement released April 23, Gartner vice president and fellow Neil MacDonald said that the more traditional practice of spreading an organisation's data across many devices increased the risk of data loss.
This was especially the case when those devices were laptops, tablets and smartphones, which often leave the physical security of work premises.
"HVDs can help improve the security standing of the client computing environment by centralising sensitive information and applications in the data centre, giving IT system and security stakeholders the opportunity not only to improve support efficiency, but also security," said Mr MacDonald.
Yet while improving security, the Gartner VP notes that it will also require "strong security controls" to protect the data infrastructure itself.
That's because, says Mr MacDonald, "risk is aggregated in the data centre and network with HVD".
As businesses increasingly move to these and other types of centralised, remotely accessible software solutions, the demand for skilled IT security professionals could well increase.