CIOs Are At The Corner Of Innovation And Security

CIOs are always innovating and improving their technology however, is cyber security their job? In the present, cyber-related disruptions are a regular occurrence in almost every sector, and it is this reality that has earned certain CIOs the title Chief Innovation Officer’s. But with a huge focus on innovation some areas in business tend to suffer, and amongst the worst hit is cyber security.

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“We can’t speak on innovation without touching on cyber security. It might be scary, but to move forward we should never get stuck in the gloom,” said Kendi Nderitu, Check Point, Country manager, Kenya, during the CIO IoT and AI Summit which is being held at the Crowne Plaza, Nairobi, Kenya.

According to a recent Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, 89pc of chief information officers claimed they were either maintaining or increasing investment in innovation however, only one out of five said they were able handle attacks “very well”.

As CIOs confront these realities. The issue then becomes, is security the Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISOs) task? In the dictionary, a CISO is the executive at the top within an organisation responsible in establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and plan to ensure that information assets and technologies are properly secured.

The CISO directs staff in finding, developing, implementing the processes and procedures throughout the enterprise to limit risks to information and IT. Respond to issues, establish proper standards and controls, manage technologies, and supervise the creation and implementation of procedures and policies. The CISO is typically also in charge of compliance related to information.

The CISOs function is becoming increasingly essential in today’s connected world. During the Summit Michael Michie, CISO, M-Orient Bank, said that securing the smart infrastructure is essential for companies in particular those with millions of sensors and have many potential points of attack.

“The role of the CISOs is becoming extremely complicated because the skills that CISOs have now is part of a private network which have specific connections to a larger network. But right now, the world we are getting to, everything needs to be connected for things to be cheaper, faster and more reliable they all need to be connected. Essentially you are told to protect the whole world but you work for one organisation only,” he added.

“The role of security in this age of connectivity thus falls to everyone.” Michie concluded.

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