CIOs Are At The Corner Of Innovation And Security

CIOs continue to innovate and upgrading their technology But is cyber security their primary responsibility?
In our current world, digital disruption is a common phenomenon in every industry as well as it’s this aspect that earned some CIOs the title of Chief Innovation Officer’s. However, with the utmost concentration on innovation, some areas in business tend to be affected, and one of the most affected is cyber security.

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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 that was held at Crowne Plaza, Nairobi, Kenya.

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

As CIOs confront the harsh realities. The next question is whether security is CIOs’s (CISOs) task? As per the dictionary definition, the term “CISO” means “chief information security officer.” CISO is the highest-ranking executive within an organization who is responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy and program to ensure technology and information assets are appropriately secured.

The CISO is responsible for directing staff to identify creating, developing, implementing and maintaining processes throughout the company to mitigate IT and information security risks. In response to incidents, they, set appropriate standards and controls to manage technology, and oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures. The CISO is typically also accountable for compliance with regard to information.

The CISOs job is becoming increasingly important in the connected world. During the Summit Michael Michie, CISO, M-Orient Bank, said that securing the smart infrastructure is essential for companies, especially businesses that have millions of sensors , and have a variety of 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 explained.

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