Last week Dell released the results of a global security survey our software team commissioned to gauge security decision-makers’ awareness of, and preparedness for the new wave of threats plaguing IT security. Not surprisingly, the top areas of concern for security threats among the survey respondents were BYOD, cloud and the Internet. Historically, organizations have used several different approaches to addressing individual security issues. At Dell, we believe a better way to address this is through Dell’s Connected Security software solutions which provide customers with the option to implement a holistic and connected solution. Below I detail a few of our security software solutions that are available to our customers which address these concerns head on.

Dell’s secure remote access solutions address mobility concerns and support the BYOD trend, providing mobile and remote users with Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN) access with two-factor authentication to mission-critical resources from virtually any endpoint—including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. In addition, our endpoint management and security offerings are solutions we offer that help customers address the challenges of BYOD, remote, mobile and virtual environments. Products like KACE systems management appliances, vWorkspace, SonicWALL Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software, and Dell Data Protection and Encryption help customers ensure tight protection of the growing assortment of endpoint devices employees use.

As more organizations move toward cloud computing, there’s the potential of introducing unknown security threats that lead to targeted attacks on their data and applications. Dell’s software solutions for endpoint management include a cloud management offering that enables customers to deploy and manage enterprise-class applications across private, public and hybrid clouds. From a security standpoint, Dell’s Cloud Manager provides tight access controls including encryption, advanced user authentication and budget management, ensuring customers provide only the right people the right level of access to their cloud environment.

Lastly, Dell’s SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management firewalls in conjunction with identity and access management (IAM) solutions addresses IT decision maker’s concern over heavy use of Internet communication and browser-based applications. These solutions deliver intrusion prevention, malware protection, application intelligence and control, real-time traffic visualization, and inspection for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)–encrypted sessions at the gateway to help customers protect their perimeters as well as help customers control access to enterprise systems and information.

The survey data shows that IT decision-makers are looking at security as a top spending priority, with 74% indicating that they plan to increase their IT spend on IT security in the next 2-3 years. We will continue to focus on helping customers stay one step ahead of these threats. For more information, visit As always, we welcome your feedback.