Top Security Priorities for CIOs in 2014

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CIOs must perfect the data privacy balancing act.

Our country has experienced serious backlash from information leaks that cast a spotlight on our surveillance policies, and it's clear that our nation must labor to find that balance between its security interests and important civil liberties concerns. CIOs are the stewards of corporate data, and as such, Robert Butler, chief security officer, IO, said, in 2014, CIOs should expect to be pulled into that debate. They need to stay apprised of how, when and what they are obliged to share with government organizations, as well as when they can and should legitimately hold back data.

Also, he added, the information converted and stored in digital form is subject to the laws of the country in which it is located:

"Where is our data?" will be a question on everyone's lips. The widespread adoption of cloud computing services, as well as object storage, have broken down traditional geopolitical barriers. In response, many countries have issued new regulations that require customer data to be kept within the customer’s country of residence. In 2014, the visibility to maintain compliance will be high on every CIO's wish list.

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.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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