Why So Much of a CIO's Day Is Devoted to Security

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-11-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why So Much of a CIO's Day Is Devoted to Security

    CIOs and other IT professionals are spending more time than ever on cyber-security. Many devote a quarter of their typical work week to dealing with threats.
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    88% of the CIOs and other IT professionals surveyed said they are involved in the troubleshooting of security-related issues, up from 85% in 2015.
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    Of those respondents, 80% said the time they're spending on security has increased over the past 12 months, and 75% said they spend up to 10 hours a week on security issues.
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    63% said email and browser-based malware has grown over the past 12 months, and 52% said the same about the overall sophistication of threats.
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    Big Spike: Bandwidth
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    Big Spike: Bandwidth

    More than half of the survey respondents expect their organization's bandwidth consumption to grow by 50% over the next 12 months.
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    Big Spike: Ethernet

    More than half said their company will move to 100 Gigabit Ethernet by the end of 2018.
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    65% of network and systems admins struggle to determine whether app issues are caused by the network, systems or apps, while 53% run into difficulties measuring latency and delay problems when troubleshooting apps.
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    Top Tech Deployed or Planned for 2017

    Mobile devices: 72%, Server virtualization: 70%, Private cloud: 64%, Public cloud: 59%, Software-defined networks: 45%
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    Unified Communications Tools Deployed

    VoIP: 56%, Videoconferencing: 53%, Enterprise instant messaging: 50%, Web collaboration apps: 47%
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    Inability to view network edge and branch environments: 42%, Lack of visibility into multivendor UC environments: 41%, Inability to assess impact of UC deployments on other apps: 40%
 

A growing number of CIOs, other technology leaders and IT professionals are spending a considerable amount of their time troubleshooting security-related issues, according to a recent survey from Viavi Solutions. The resulting report, "State of the Network Study," reveals that a significant number of survey respondents are spending a quarter of a standard work week on the detection and mitigation of threats. One of the trend-drivers is that email and browser-based malware has increased over the past 12 months, as has the overall sophistication of attack methods. "Enterprise network teams are [devoting] more time and resources than ever before to battle security threats," said Douglas Roberts, vice president and general manager of the enterprise and cloud business unit for Viavi Solutions. "Not only are they faced with a growing number of attacks, but hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods and malware. Dealing with these types of advanced persistent security threats requires planning, resourcefulness and greater visibility throughout the network to ensure that threat intelligence information is always at hand." The findings also address trends in bandwidth consumption, app performance and unified communications tools, and we've included some of those here. A total of 1,035 global CIOs, IT directors, network engineers and other technology professionals took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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