Is Your Company a Security Leader or Laggard?

Is Your Company a Security Leader or Laggard?

Governance MattersGovernance Matters

About 56% of cyber-security leaders surveyed have a sanctioned strategy in place and outsource core security operations. By contrast, 68% of laggards only use one or neither approach.

Metrics CountMetrics Count

Leaders are 18% more likely to have CISOs deploy metrics for evaluating security operations than laggards. They also are 23% more likely to deploy enterprise risk management procedures.

Focus on ComplianceFocus on Compliance

Laggards are 50% more likely to have CISOs and security efforts focus on compliance with regulation and policies.

Alignment Is CriticalAlignment Is Critical

The study found that half of the leaders make information security a priority and align security and business objectives, while nearly 40% of static companies do neither.

Innovation Is ImportantInnovation Is Important

Leaders rated security innovation as vital to achieve strong security at 8.1 on a scale of 10. On the other hand, laggards rated it at 6.1.

Attitudes About EncryptionAttitudes About Encryption

Leaders rated encryption in the cloud a 7.18 on a scale of 10 in terms of importance, while laggards rated it a 6.0.

Big Data at RiskBig Data at Risk

Leaders rated security protocols over big data a 6.33 on a scale of 10 in terms of importance, while laggards rated it a 4.94.

An Eye on Network ActivityAn Eye on Network Activity

Leaders rated the need to pinpoint anomalies in network traffic an 8.55 on a scale of 10 in terms of importance, while laggards rated it a 7.45.

Organizations Dial Into BYODOrganizations Dial Into BYOD

Both leaders and laggards have an eye on BYOD. Leaders rated it 7.16 on a scale of 10, while laggards rated it a 7.76.

Left to Their DevicesLeft to Their Devices

Leaders rated the importance of limiting insecure devices a 6.03 on a scale of 10, while laggards weighed in with a 7.18.

Final ThoughtsFinal Thoughts

“Three key areas are critical for security effectiveness: the existence of a defined strategy, effective use of technology and solid governance practices.”–Ryan LaSalle, Accenture Global Managing Director–Growth & Strategy, Security Services

Final Thought on SecurityFinal Thought on Security

“CIOs should seek out security capabilities that enhance the user experience and productivity and improve their ability to counter advanced threats.”–Ryan LaSalle, Accenture

Samuel Greengard
Samuel Greengard
Samuel Greengard writes about business, technology and other topics. His book, The Internet of Things (MIT Press) was released in the spring of 2015.

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