Senior execs clueless on data center security; fortunately, data center managers have it cover-- oh, wait

McAfee survey highlights disconnect between data center security reality, perceptions

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You can't expect the suits to really know what goes on in the data center. In fact, if they knew how much money was being spent on unnecessary energy costs, they might faint.

So it's no surprise that a data center study released this week by McAfee shows that less than one in four data center managers believe enterprise senior executives are "aware of their company’s true security preparedness."

(Also see: Old-school security in next-gen data centers)

"It's astounding that almost two-thirds of our respondents say that their management is in the dark about their true security status," said Dan Olds, principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, which conducted the survey of 147 data center managers.

Astounding? Really? I figured at least 90% of data center managers and IT pros think the suits generally are clueless. I'm thinking that right now!

But check this out: Forty percent of survey respondents "report that day-to-day security does not conform to the standards required by their official policies."

OK, that's not on the suits, data center managers. That's your responsibility. Throw in the fact that "nearly half of the respondents reported that they are constantly finding new security holes," and you have a data center disaster waiting to happen!

Maybe it is best if the top executives don't know what's going on in the data center.

Or maybe GCG's Olds has it right: "Management needs to seek out the truth when it comes to IT security, and data center management needs to be frank and honest when discussing the strengths and weaknesses of their security mechanisms. Obviously, it’s far better to discuss potential security issues before they’re exposed by a breach."

One more data point underscores why cloud-computing hype is far out-pacing cloud-computing implementations: About 70% of respondents are skeptical of public cloud security.

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