The problem is that businesses crave the functionality and savings of virtualization and cloud at the expense of security. "[I]t's just unfortunately the way the world works sometimes, that people want to get the benefits of a new technology wave and don't always think through all the security ramifications," Coviello says.
Despite those shortcomings, Coviello says businesses are accelerating the overhaul of their traditional security to adopt defensive models that are advocated by RSA, particularly automating security analysis and response.
"You would like to think that people would come to these conclusions and act on them more quickly," he says, "but there's such competition --whether it's budget, whether it's business initiative, whether it's overhauling their own infrastructure, whether it's this crazy economy we're working with -- it never goes as fast as you think it should or could."
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