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Getting it Right – The Controversy, the Choice, the Results

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By on Apr 26, 2013

It’s a signal of a changing market when analysts and those reporting on key metrics utilize different definitions. Have you read the news of the death of the PC? How should one define a personal computer? I personally compute with the following systems: a personal laptop, a corporate-owned Ultrabook, a tablet, a smartphone and, occasionally, even through my TV and gaming system.  And I’m not alone – 53% of global information workers use 3 or more devices for work. And I look forward to computing in the near future with compute capabilities that I will wear through glasses, bands, or my clothing.

Businesses have been struggling with how to implement corporate computing securely for a user base that is accustomed to personal computing. I make a distinction here, because I know of several companies, CIOs, and IT managers that would like to limit their users from installing new applications and personalizing their work systems. They say these actions add overhead to security management and compliance and increase risk. However, corporate end-users now expect to have the same privileges on a work system as they do their own personal systems. The corporate compute conundrum gets even more complex when you throw in BYOD, or wearable computers in the future.

But what is puzzling is that many of these same IT leaders and decision makers lump their servers into the count of total endpoints when they consider security solutions. Many utilize their end-user security solution to secure their servers. Yet servers provide so much more to an organization. Weigh the cost of lost business if one PC became corrupted against the loss if a server became unavailable for the same time period.

We have plenty of computing choices – from user-facing systems to the infrastructure-creating cloud and datacenter services. There is no post-PC era, there’s only a multi-device, ‘right tool for the job’ era, as quoted by Ted Schadler, Forrester Research, for Forbes.com.

With its unique datacenter security solutions, McAfee secures a wide range of data center computing servers, including web servers, application servers, database servers, mail servers, and SharePoint servers. Review the results from SANS on this suite of products.

This year, McAfee will continue to simplify security and give IT the flexibility to provide the right fit for the right type of user-facing device. We will ensure that all your compute form factors will be reliably protected—and centrally managed.

It no longer matters how anyone defines a personal computer. Since corporate compute is happening on all types of personal computing devices, we are making it easy to protect all types of devices. McAfee will help you protect your business, regardless of the type of computer your business chooses to wear.

 -Kim Singletary

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