Top Security Priorities for CIOs in 2014

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Changes in BYOD assessment

BYOD has introduced a ton of new software into most companies, according to Michael Angelo, chief security architect at NetIQ. In the past, CIOs have dealt with the obvious questions of support, interoperability, and (to some extent) security — but they have not looked at software licensing issues. What would happen if the software being used in the company had an education, student, developer or personal license? Ultimately, he said, change to policies and procedures in order to mitigate potential software licensing liability will be an emerging issue in 2014.

But, Angelo added that software isn’t the only concern in the Bring Your Own movement. CIOs will now need to be prepared for BYOI. He explained:

BYOI comes into play whenever consumers or employees use their own third-party identities (example: Google, LinkedIn, PayPal, etc.) to conduct transactions ranging from accessing business services and sharing data to placing ecommerce orders. The advantage comes from being able to provide a level of business relationship without having to create an account. Ultimately the CIO will need to monitor this, and decide if BYOI would reduce or increase their overhead, workload and liability/risk profile.

The security experts have made their predictions for 2014. Now it is time for CIOs to make some tough decisions and establish security priorities for the coming year. Certainly many of those predictions will come into play. The predictions aren’t made in a vacuum; CIOs would be foolish not to consider the situations in which experts expect serious threats and risks.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) will continue to be a primary concern for CIOs in 2014. However, CIOs will have to pay attention to a few twists to the BYOD movement, like BYOI, or Bring Your Own Identity. Unfortunately, as Jake O’Donnell pointed out in a SearchConsumerization piece, the budget doesn’t necessarily meet the needs for mobile security, and that’s a problem that CIOs will have to work around.

CIOs will also turn more attention to the cloud, not just to determine how to make data in the cloud more secure but to  see how the cloud plays a role in covering network security, as Philip Lieberman, CEO & Founder, Lieberman Software, stated, adding:

CIOs will have to reevaluate proposed security as a service being delivered via the cloud considering that hardware and software will no longer need to be purchased for deployment.

These issues are just the tip of the security iceberg. Overall, the primary challenge for CIOs will be to make sure everyone within the company is on board when it comes to security policy. It appears that 2014 will see a real shift in security concerns and in the way security will work. Education for everyone from the CEO down to every employee who has access to the corporate network will be a must.

Here are the top priorities that CIOs will be (or should be) focusing on in 2014.


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