Why CISOs Are Left Out of Digital Transformations

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-05-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why CISOs Are Left Out of Digital Transformations

    Excluding security teams from the digital transformation process puts businesses at risk, but empowering security pros early in the process can have many benefits.
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    Extent of Investment in Digital Technologies
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    Extent of Investment in Digital Technologies

    97% of respondents say they are investing in digital technologies to transform their business, including mobile, cloud applications, cloud infrastructures and IoT.
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    Need to Increase Employee Productivity
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    Need to Increase Employee Productivity

    75% of respondents say the need to increase employee productivity drives digital transformation initiatives. 67% cite business growth, including increased customer acquisition and new products.
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    Security Teams' Contribution Acknowledged
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    Security Teams' Contribution Acknowledged

    85% of respondents say security teams can better enable digital transformation initiatives if they are included early on in a project.
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    But Security Included Too Late
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    But Security Included Too Late

    76% believe the security team is brought in too late in the digital transformation process.
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    Challenges to Securing Digital Technologies
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    Challenges to Securing Digital Technologies

    96% say securing digital technologies poses the following challenges: Lack of resources. Risk of security breach. Finding the right balance between security and employee productivity. Loss of control
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    More Security Resources Needed
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    More Security Resources Needed

    91% of respondents say the security team can better enable the business if given more resources.
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    Impact of Digital Transformation Underestimated
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    Impact of Digital Transformation Underestimated

    While 89% of all respondents recognize digital transformation in their industry, only 50% believe it's happening in their organization.
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    Failure to Recognize Company's Transformation

    Only 27% of respondents described their company as "in the middle of a digital transformation." But 72% have active mobile projects, 68% are involved in cloud projects, and 37% in IoT.
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    Security Involvement in Mobile, Cloud, IoT Projects

    18% of respondents say security has been involved in all mobile, cloud, self-sufficient service, and IoT initiatives.
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    Security vs. Own Initiatives

    85% of respondents say business users avoid engaging with security teams because they are concerned that their initiatives might be blocked.
 

Although security is often seen as a barrier to digital transformation and is either excluded or included too late, security teams can help organizations adopt new technologies, according to a new study. If engaged early in the project, security teams can contribute to the project's positive impact on revenue, employee productivity and customer service. For the online survey, "Dell Digital Transformation Global Survey," Dell commissioned Dimensional Research, which gleaned results from 631 IT professionals with security and data responsibilities. They work at companies with more than 1,000 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Scandinavia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. John Milburn, vice president and general manager of Dell One Identity Products, said "Organizations face challenges securing their digital transformations and recognize that their current security measures are exposing the business to risk. Done right, security also helps CISOs open their own 'Department of Yes,' empowering them to deliver the strategic projects and innovative initiatives that drive businesses forward."

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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