The secret of sound sleep
Security has been a human concern ever since the beginning of time. Cave men
took turns to watch over their camps, countries created armies to watch over
their boundaries, and companies setup security infrastructure to watch over
Throughout the year, we at Network Magazine have kept pace with the evolving
security trends in our cover stories of course, and also in the regular sections
like 'Security Watch'. Ever since our cover story of April 2003 established
the magnitude of the security industry, we have brought to the fore the perils
due to the increasing variants of old worms and new. We have even followed the
mushrooming security products, from self-defending networks to hardware firewalls,
and their uses in Indian companies.
Indeed, the Indian business has seen very little loss due to bug attacks. This
implies that Indian CIOs have planned and executed their information security
infrastructures rather well. Ironically, in most business forums these efforts
to prevent business losses have been overlooked. So this issue is dedicated
to the League of Enterprise Defenders, whose invaluable and sometimes
unnoticed contribution has kept trouble at bay.
To recognize the CIOs' efforts we bring to you the SecureSynergy Security Strategist
Award. We asked the IT people from companies about their security setups, and
from the 135 applicants shortlisted nine possible winners across three categories:
IT/ITES, BFSI and General. A four-member jury interviewed the nine contestants,
and from them emerged three winners. To find out about them, just read on
In the regular sections we feature case studies with Wockhardt Hospital and
Heart Institute and VSNL.
The Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Institute has made innovative use of IT and
set up an eICU that gives 24 X 7 monitoring coverage to the patient, and a CRM
solution that makes it much easier to reach the right doctor at the right time.
And VSNL has deployed power conditioning strategies to ensure uninterrupted
business. We feature case studies with both these organizations in this issue.
Sandeep Ajgaonkar, Associate Editor