By Phil Alberta

Security. It’s what is top of mind for every CIO today. But while everyone is busy protecting their IT environment with the latest security solutions, new problems are occurring.

Complexity for one. While everyone reacts to the newest security breach or fears the latest vulnerability, they add layers, upon layers, of new security tools to their infrastructure. And those layers can create a management nightmare, and even added risk.

It can be common for multiple parts of the organization to be involved with implementing security approaches. This can quickly mean you’ve added 10 to 15 products between you and the internet – tools to scan emails, restrict mobile devices, enable data loss prevention and more.  It can also quickly add up to mountains of alerting tools and end user frustration.

What’s really needed is a hard look at how they all fit together and a strong feel for where the technology will be in two to three years. You need to get through the noise to what’s real and right for your business.

And you can’t forget the end user. Indeed you need to protect end users from getting your infrastructure into trouble, but you also need to avoid limiting their productivity or experience.

Endpoint security is something IPM has become a true industry expert in. With deep expertise in both physical and virtual desktops and security, we know how to align your security policies for optimum performance, while mitigating risk. Ready to assess your security risk? Contact us today for a rapid risk assessment.  

As CIO for IPM, Phil Alberta leads IPM’s Consulting Services organization, continuously evaluating industry and technology trends and collaborating with IT leaders to develop strategies and solutions for their business. Alberta also plays an integral role in developing executive client relationships, assessing their organizational and operational readiness for new services and ensuring maximum value is realized from project investments. 

Previously, Alberta was Vice President IT Business and Technology, and acting CTO at Tiffany & Co. His responsibilities included Technology Strategy and Management, Information Security, Compliance, and partnering with senior management to develop and execute the strategic direction of IT. Alberta was a 2009 CIO Magazine Ones to Watch award recipient and is an accomplished speaker, having presented at the National Retail Federation and CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Symposium, as well as other peer forums. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Psychology.