IT directors have to make the business case for network security investment, a Communications Management Association conference was told last week.
Ovum analyst Graham Titterington told delegates that IT directors had to present a positive message about how better security could drive productivity.
Titterington said automated user provisioning, federated identity management and virtual private networks were key security technologies that could help reduce costs and increase security.
Federated ID management lets users access applications in a streamlined way on the network, reducing overall network traffic.
Automated provisioning allows new staff to be added to the network more quickly and enables employers to recover hardware more easily. VPNs reduce the costs of remote connectivity, said Titterington.