Fran Howarth

Fran Howarth is a principal analyst with Bloor Research, a European IT research company. A member of "Who's Who in e-Business" and a past judge for the Codie awards in security categories, Howarth has worked as a consultant and analyst for 20 years, including at the Aberdeen Group, KPMG Consulting, the Economic Intelligence Unit, and Quocirca Ltd. She is a frequent contributor to Faulkner's Security Management Practices publication, and may be reached via email:

Articles by Fran Howarth

5 Key Steps to Ensuring Database Security

Posted March 11, 2014

Modern data centers contain a mix of physical and virtual systems and must be able to provide access to highly distributed collaborative applications as well as support systems that leverage cloud computing. Here are 8 best practices for achieving data center security and an in-depth analysis of the new security concerns presented by next-generation data centers.

Posted October 23, 2013

Cloud computing is no longer hype; it is the reality today for most organizations because of the numerous benefits that it brings. There are three main deployment models for cloud computing—private cloud, public cloud, and a hybrid mix of the two. Here is a look at the risks and disadvantages with each of the cloud deployment models.

Posted October 09, 2013