Digital Transformation, Innovation and Security

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-10-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Digital Transformation, Innovation Affect Security
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    Digital Transformation, Innovation Affect Security

    As a result of digital transformation and innovation—including the growth of public clouds—many organizations are changing their cyber-security strategies.
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    Changing Security Strategies
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    Changing Security Strategies

    69% of the executives responding to the survey said digital transformation and innovation are forcing major changes to their security strategies.
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    Increasing Spending
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    Increasing Spending

    64% of respondents will boost security spending to protect their organization from security threats.
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    Technologies Causing Security Concerns
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    Technologies Causing Security Concerns

    Public cloud software: 65%, Big data applications: 63%, Mobile business applications: 61%
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    Making Security a Priority
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    Making Security a Priority

    32% of the executives surveyed said security investments will increase in 2017. 74% of CIOs and CISOs said security was a higher priority in 2016 than in 2015.
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    How Companies Fought Hackers
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    How Companies Fought Hackers

    Expanded vulnerability discovery and remediation: 60%, Invested in employee security training: 57%, Upgraded or introduced antivirus or anti-malware software, and intrusion detection/prevention systems: 54%, Put more resources into defending against zero-day exploits: 30%
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    Security Priorities That Will Increase
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    Security Priorities That Will Increase

    Protecting against and responding to known security threats: 64%, Detecting successful security breaches: 48%, Defending against zero-day attacks: 47%
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    2017 Security Investments
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    2017 Security Investments

    IT and automated patching systems: 49%, Cloud-based security tracking and management services: 49%, Breach detection systems: 47%, Data protection and compliance: 41%
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    Holding Employees Accountable
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    Holding Employees Accountable

    52% of the executives surveyed said accountability for security breaches has increased for their operations group.
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    Disagreeing About Security Threats
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    Disagreeing About Security Threats

    33% of CIOs think public clouds have an extreme impact on security, whereas only 21% of CISOs think that.
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    Creating a Culture of Security
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    Creating a Culture of Security

    Cultivating a corporate culture that makes everyone responsible for cyber-security is an important goal for 54% of the executive respondents, who said they will take this step during 2017.
 

Digital transformation and innovation are forcing changes to organizations' cyber-security strategies, according to new research. Respondents to the survey also indicated that financial and customer information, brand reputation, intellectual property and employee information are critical assets they must protect against breaches. The report, "Enterprises Rethink Security in the Age of Digital Transformation," was conducted by BMC and Forbes Insights. "Every company, government and society is seeking new innovative paths to drive our digital future," said Bill Berutti, president of security and compliance at BMC, "Businesses need to tear down security and operations walls—or keep getting hacked." Data in the survey reflects the views of 308 executives from a range of industries in North America and Europe. Titles include CIO, CTO, CISO and VP/SVP of technology for information security. All organizations in the research study have at least $100 million in annual revenue. Following are some of the key highlights of the report.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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