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Holistic approach offered to IT guidance

Guidance Consulting : 06 January, 2010  (New Product)
Vulnerability management and IT Security included in consulting package aimed at providing companies with a full assessment of IT system performance
According to the IT planners at Georgia-based firm Guidance Consulting, every field from banking to telecommunications can enhance their chances of success as long as the IT framework is set up with a results-oriented and comprehensive approach. In fact, company leaders stress that information technology consulting can be an incredibly sound investment, provided it is done correctly and with the proper follow-through.

This concept comes right on the heels of a research study that found the most successful use of IT integration incorporates a three-pronged approach that includes: determining strategic applications, selecting the right technologies, and incorporating changes into all areas of an organization's structure. In the case of this study, the lack of any of these steps yields a much higher rate of failure.

When it comes to security and vulnerability management, these three approaches all align with many of the specific goals already set out as part of standard IT consulting packages. From initial vulnerability assessments to policy management, companies like Guidance Consulting are poised to address just about every business concern.

Like most aspects of IT security, comprehensive planning is the real key. For example, companies that install an extensive firewall and information security plan can't expect real follow-through unless employees are taught how to use their systems - and there is a company policy in place to enforce it.

"In most cases, companies want to streamline their IT infrastructure for a very specific goal," says Guidance Consulting senior consultant Daniel Gottilla. "They either want to save money, increase productivity, or reduce risks caused by vulnerability weaknesses." Gottilla and his team go on to say that none of these are possible without including the three approaches identified in their study.

"The leading IT consulting firms have been putting this theory into practice for decades," says Gottilla of the study findings. "We have always operated under the assumption that failing to take any aspect of IT security and networking into account increases the likelihood that something will go wrong."

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