August 16, 2010, 8:31 PM — IT organizations have a lot on their plates, and keeping the data center humming is only part of the equation. Factor in the threats coming at IT from every direction, and you can see why IT pros have ample reason to be paranoid. The invasion of consumer devices into the workplace, the rush toward cloud computing, the constant vigilance to prevent data spills, all while managing a meager budget in an era when your career can be cut short at any time can cause even the most level-headed IT pro to start looking over his shoulder.
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"I met with the CIO at a Fortune 30 company recently and asked him, 'What keeps you up at night?'" says Jon Heirmel, director of strategic security for Solutionary, an enterprise security and compliance consultancy. "He answered, 'The things that keep me up at night are the things I don't know.' And that's the answer: the unknown. If you don't know what to worry about, that's what you should be worrying about."
Here are the top five things that should be keeping you awake at night, if they don't already.
IT paranoia No. 5: Your data center will go down
It's the pulsing heart of your IT organization. If your data center goes down, it can take the entire enterprise with it. For many IT pros, keeping the data center running 24/7 is enough to keep them awake 24/7.
What could go wrong? How about what couldn't go wrong? From natural disasters to massive power outages, loss of connectivity, server meltdowns, cyber espionage, insider sabotage, burglaries, and more, the threats are as varied as the types of organizations that have to deal with them.