IDC Analyst Q&A Highlights Effects of Linux Systems Management Software on Security, Compliance and Risk

February 5, 2014

Nuremberg, Germany

A Q&A with two IDC analysts on how Linux systems management software can increase security and compliance while lowering risk is now available for download. Commissioned by SUSE, the white paper features answers from Vivian Tero, program director for IDC's Governance, Risk and Compliance Infrastructure research, and Rob Young, research manager for IDC's Enterprise System Management Software service. It will help IT organizations looking for solutions that reduce ongoing operating expenses and at the same time lower the risk of security and regulatory compliance violations.

"IDC forecasts the worldwide systems management software market to expand somewhat faster than many other software markets," said Sabine Soellheim, solution and product marketing manager for SUSE. "Our own enterprise Linux customers are using systems management software to increase security and maintain compliance, helping them better predict and contain costs which gives them a leg up in an increasingly competitive global marketplace."

According to Tero and Young, systems management software can reduce security risks by continuously and proactively scanning data center networks in order to identify, prioritize, remediate and report on vulnerabilities such as outdated software and hardware configurations. It can also automate the discovery, inventory and configuration of networked devices (servers, operating systems, applications, databases) across physical and virtual environments.

The entire Q&A white paper, "Using Linux Systems Management to Increase Security and Compliance While Lowering Risk," can be downloaded at

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