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New York City agencies are getting improved IT security at lower cost in the form of a municipal "security cloud" that brings much-needed capabilities and increased threat awareness.
The city's Department of IT and Telecommunications struck a five-year enterprise license agreement with McAfee that goes beyond antivirus and firewall protection to include encryption, application white-listing, vulnerability management, change control, and mobile device management, implemented in the city's data centers, like the one pictured above. The deal will save the city an estimated $18 million compared with its previous costs. McAfee already manages security services for workstations and servers at 50 city agencies, giving the department, for the first time, visibility into the security status of most city agencies and access to threat analysis capabilities.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.