Top Security Priorities for CIOs in 2014

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Assessing, auditing and hardening systems of engagement

According to security experts from Alsbridge, millions of dollars have been invested in building out systems of record for ERP, HR, and the like. Millions more have been spent on maintenance, but many of those systems no longer meet the need for agility in the business today. Systems of engagement now have a substantially different value proposition: integrating social and collaboration capabilities with the everyday transactions of the business. These systems are mobile, consumer-centric and often delivered via the cloud. The vast majority of these solutions are also less hardened versus their legacy counterparts, and they're typically implemented and maintained via a small ecosystem of partners and third parties.

The legacy environments were known to be highly secure, but now they are being mixed with a more social, interactive, customer-facing environment that is far less secure. The challenge for CIOs is to secure the "bridging" technologies (usually a cloud-based solution) that tie the two environments together in the enterprise.

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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