BASELINE | JUNE 2008 | ISSUE 085
C OVER STORY
Earthlink’s massive plan for municipal Wi-Fi was doomed by a
faulty business model, intense opposition from competing
service providers and some bad luck. But the technology is alive
and well, and despite investor skittishness, there are new programs—based on different business models—in the works.
38 | CLOUD COMPUTING
IS YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUD?
Utility computing, grid computing, software as a service.
Whatever you call it, cloud computing is a fundamentally
different approach for the enterprise—one that could shift the
focus from the technology to the business that the technology
is designed to support.
32 | SECURITY
COVER ILLUSTRATION BY MARCOS SINCONEGUI
CLOSING THE IT SECURITY GAP
If companies are so worried about insider breaches, employee
ignorance of privacy regulations and accidental data loss,
why do they spend most of their security dollars on anti-virus
software and firewalls? Check out the intriguing analysis of
Baseline’s 2008 Security Survey.
Plus: • Five major threats that go undetected by perimeter
protection products. • Andre Gold, head of technology risk
management at ING U.S. Financial Services, discusses the need
to dovetail security and business priorities.
1. The QUAN TIFIABLE GOALS, and schedule for achieving them, that
a company establishes when it undertakes an information technology
initiative. 2. THE STANDARD or expected LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE
associated with a given TECHNOLOGY initiative.