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Balancing Costs, Complexity and Security
McNealy Addresses Today's Biggest Challenges
September 28, 2004,
Volume 79, Issue 5

Meaningful security is not an afterthought, it should be coded into the DNA of your system.

-- Scott McNealy

Effectively balancing both costs and complexity within advancing IT environments are the biggest challenges faced by all markets, but particularly governmental agencies restricted by tight budgets, compliance laws and the need for cutting-edge security, Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy told industry and government officials at The Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium.

"The challenge lies in the fact that just when the states' IT missions are growing, their budgets are being constrained," McNealy said. "To balance both priorities, state governments must attack cost and complexity."

McNealy addressed the urgent need for shared information between governmental agencies in today's heightened state of awareness regarding global security. "Sharing information between different branches of government and between governments is the new requirement in the post-9/11 world," he said.

Acknowledging that this type of accessibility must be balanced with security, McNealy continued, "The best way to strike the right balance is to build both principles in from the ground up. Meaningful security is not an afterthought, it should be coded into the DNA of your system. Sharing that information securely is the new necessity and the Trusted SolarisTM Operating System is the foundation to make this happen."

Speaking in Norfolk, Virginia, last week, McNealy sent kudos to the State of Virginia for its work to consolidate IT functions across the government and its work to create a highly usable portal ( for its citizens.

"Today, Sun is instrumental in helping customers in all markets," he said, "ranging from government, to financial services, to telcos, build their IT infrastructure that is enabling them to deliver the Web Services that their customers are asking for."

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