Wednesday, 13 July 2016

It's time to think of cybersecurity as a business enabler: VeilMail in Afghanistan

IT'S TIME TO THINK OF CYBERSECURITY AS A BUSINESS ENABLER
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamsaito/2016/07/01/its-time-to-think-of-cybersecurity-as-a-business-enabler
PUBLISHED: JULY 1, 2016
Author: William H. Saito
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamsaito/
Named by Nikkei as one of the "100 Most Influential People for Japan," William H. Saito is Special Advisor of the Cabinet Office and Prime Minister for the Government of Japan, and Vice Chairman for Palo Alto Networks Japan. William began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school. Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity. He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and advises several national governments around the globe. His autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Last year, CIO, CSO and PricewaterhouseCoopers released a new Global State of Information Security survey, which polled more than 10,000 executives from 127 countries about IT security. The results were a mixed bag, with security incidents up 38% over 2014 but corresponding budgets rising only 24%.
The survey reflected broad thinking about how companies are trying to defend themselves from hackers as well as employees, the most often cited sources of security compromises. But despite the continued growth in hacks and other security incidents, there were some important signs that security threats aren’t being taken seriously enough at the executive level. For one, the poll found that only 45% of boards participate in overall security strategy.
Brakes for your bullet train
This finding reflects common corporate psychology that cybersecurity is a cost center and a drain on resources – a Cisco survey of over 1,000 executives also found that 74% of respondents in the U.S. said that the main purpose of cybersecurity is to reduce risk instead of enable growth. I’ve found that people tend to think of cybersecurity as costly, complex, inefficient, and a damper on productivity. Many people believe it may not actually work or mitigate risk. This can result in security measures being implemented piecemeal without any overarching policy, resulting in costly but poor integration.
To make matters worse, by focusing on cost as a deciding factor for IT purchase decisions, companies will try to implement the bare minimum and, in some cases, also sacrifice usability and by extension, business productivity. Employees who aren’t confident in the tools and systems they are provided often turn to “shadow IT” – tools, many of which are cloud-based file sharing applications, that are not officially approved for use by the IT department.
This kind of mindset has engendered a defensive posture that’s not only inadequate when it comes to dealing with growing cyber threats like ransomware, but also short-changes the growth potential of business. Doing cybersecurity the right way is a must, and it has to be done at the highest levels of an organization because it affects the whole entity. But we can’t just think about it as a layer of protection. We have to think of cybersecurity as a plus, not a minus — a means of better using ICT to improve efficiency and productivity. This is true for companies as well as nations. To employ a Japanese example, the best way to think of cybersecurity is comparing it to the brakes on the famous Shinkansen bullet train. In 1964, they were heralded for their speed, but frankly anyone can make a fast train. It was the innovations in brakes that allowed the speed. The brakes aren’t there to act as a drag on the bullet train’s performance – they allow it to travel faster than conventional trains because they put the train drivers in control of its speed. To go really fast, you need really good brakes.
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