What's the difference between intrusion-prevention and intrusion-detection software? I like to think of it as the difference between Darcey, my terrier mix, and Max, my late springer spaniel. Max barked up a storm when strangers approached the front door-that's intrusion detection. Darcey barks too, but anyone trying to get in without proper introduction risks losing whatever body part Darcey comes into contact with first. That's intrusion prevention.
It's a difference more business-technology execs will become familiar with, especially on the heels of the Slammer worm. Intrusion-prevention tools also may offer some relief to companies when it comes to managing software patches. Cisco thinks this is a trend that's going somewhere-just hours before Slammer hit, it put up $154 million to buy intrusion-prevention vendor Okena.
Managing software patches is only one challenge for IT professionals. Another big one is managing storage. Businesses' quest to have more real-time data to run operations, to be able to quickly restore systems after a disturbance or disaster, and to make better use of existing storage space increases the challenge. Our cover story shows how vendors are responding with more sophisticated storage-management products. While much of the activity is on the software front, hardware vendors are upping the ante, too, as EMC delivers a major update to its flagship Symmetrix enterprise storage platform.
Speaking of updates, we've made some enhancements to Front End, including an Analyst Watch box that will highlight a business-technology report you'll want to know about.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.