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November 2009

Integrated change management reduces security risks

Networks and data centers are in constant flux. In large organizations, it's rare for a day to go by where we don't need to provision new servers or users, upgrade critical systems, patch databases, change firewall rules or update Web applications. But while change is a natural and necessary part of network growth, unmanaged change can quickly lead to chaos that exposes critical data and resources to attack. To prevent exposure, change management systems and procedures are implemented to help companies ensure that policies and approvals are met before a change to the system is implemented. But simply putting a change management process in place is not sufficient. As Pete Lindstrom, research director of Spire Security explains, "If you are creating a change management process because you don't want anything to change, you are missing the point." Rigid, poorly implemented change management processes can be perceived as gating factors covered in red tape that slow growth and impede work. Done correctly, change management integrates...

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  • Integrated change management reduces security risks

    by  Diana Kelley and Ed Moyle

    Unmanaged changes to IT systems and networks can recklessly increase risk to enterprises. The key is rolling out an accepted change management process, and sticking to it.

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