Week 4 Discussion  

 Just as quickly as new technology is developed, hackers find new  ways to disrupt operations. As a result, security is an ongoing endeavor  in all organizations. Strategic planning can help organizations be  prepared to address new daily threats to information security.  Moreover, many of today’s organizations are adopting virtualization as a  way to reduce their footprint in hardware costs and to improve their  backup system capabilities at the client and server levels. At the same  time, virtualization poses security risks that organizations need to  consider as part of their strategic planning process.

Go to  to  locate and integrate at least two quality, academic resources (in  addition to your textbook) on the role of strategic planning in  mitigating information security threats, including those associated with  virtualization. You may also use government websites, such as from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

As you write this post, keep in mind your current organization’s or a  previous organization’s strategic planning for information security,  its infrastructure, and its training.

Please respond to the following in a post of at least 200 words:

  • Justify the importance of strategic planning to an organization’s information security.
  • Identify and describe the topics to be included in strategic planning for information security.
  • Specifically describe the security threats associated with virtualization.
  • Explain how strategic planning can help to mitigate the security threats associated with virtualization.
  • Provide full citations and references, formatted according to Strayer Writing Standards.     
    • For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing  Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your  professor for any additional instructions.

In 60 to 75 words, please respond to at least one other post. Choose to respond to those who have few or no responses. 

Note: You will find the information from this post  and the feedback you receive on it useful as you work on your  Virtualization assignment due this week.

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