CIOs Are At The Corner Of Innovation And Security

CIOs are always innovating and making improvements to their technology but is cybersecurity their primary responsibility? In this day and age digital disruption is a constant happening in nearly every industry and it’s this aspect that earned some CIOs the title of Chief Innovation Officer’s. But with a huge focus on innovation some aspects of the business be hit, and one of them that is worst hit is cybersecurity.

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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 KPMG/Harvey Nash CIO Survey, 89pc of CIOs said they were either maintaining or increasing investments in innovation and innovation, but only one in five claimed they were able to deal with attacks “very well”.

As CIOs are forced to confront these realities. The next question is, is security the Chief Information Security Officer’s (CISOs) job? By dictionary definition, an CISO is the senior-level executive within an organization who is responsible for establishing and maintaining the vision, strategy and program to ensure the security of information assets and technology is properly protected.

The CISO directs staff in finding, developing, implementing procedures across the company to mitigate risks to information and IT. Respond to issues and incidents, create the appropriate standards and controls to manage technology, and oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures. The CISO is usually also responsible for information-related compliance.

The CISOs position is becoming increasingly vital in the age of the connected. In the course of the Summit Michael Michie, CISO, M-Orient Bank, said that security of the smart infrastructure is essential for all businesses, especially businesses that have 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 said.

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

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