The gloom and doom message around security is overwhelming for IT and end users alike, with new and larger threats announced weekly. And while maintaining awareness of what types of malware, phishing and other threats are being discovered – along with a healthy level of paranoia – is crucial right now, Logicalis has a reminder of the flip side of IT security measures that speaks to just about every other critical business goal.
In addition to acting as a set of controls to keep users in or out of resources, the same security tools your organization uses act as business enablers, explains the IT solutions and managed services provider.
Ron Temske, vice president, Communications and Collaboration, Logicalis US, said in a statement that:
“security, particularly in the ubiquitous mobility space, can be so much more than an insurance policy; it can be a business enabler that results in cost savings and productivity enhancements throughout an organization, transforming security from a ‘must-have’ requirement into a ‘want-to-have’ business tool.”
That message is more key than ever, given the disconnect in the C-suite around prioritizing and managing risk that I wrote about last week. With 66 percent of respondents in the recent 2015 Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity report from Raytheon saying they don’t see cybersecurity as a strategic priority, this type of message on the full range of benefits of security tools and approaches can help bring executives and the board closer together on strategic planning.
Logicalis has identified seven ways that security acts as a business enabler:
After publishing the research report “Executive Perspectives on Top Risks for 2015” with Protiviti, Mark Beasley, Deloitte Professor of ERM and director of the North Carolina ERM Initiative, told me that the research shows that companies across all industries will be spending more on risk oversight in general in the coming year. CIOs and IT directors can use these broader business-enabling benefits of security tools to help direct more of that budget toward options that not only protect the organization’s resources, but help shed light on how they are being used, as well.
Kachina Shaw is managing editor for IT Business Edge and has been writing and editing about IT and the business for 15 years. She writes about IT careers, management, technology trends and managing risk. Follow Kachina on Twitter @Kachina and on Google+