CIOs Are At The Corner Of Innovation And Security

CIOs are always innovating and upgrading their technology however is cyber security their responsibility? Today, digital disruption is a constant event in all sectors, and it is this fact that earned some CIOs the title Chief Innovation Officer’s. With a heavy attention to innovation, certain industries tend to be affected. One of the most vulnerable is cybersecurity.

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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 which is being held at the Crowne Plaza, Nairobi, Kenya.

According to a KPMG/Harvey Nash CIO Survey, 89pc of CIOs said they were sustaining or increasing investment in innovation but only one in five stated that they were able handle a attack “very well”.

As CIOs confront these harsh realities. The next question is security, is it being the chief information security officer’s (CISOs) task? By dictionary definition, the term “CISO” means “chief information security officer.” CISO is the executive at the top in an organization responsible in establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure the information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

The CISO oversees the staff in creating, implementing procedures across the organization to minimize IT and information security risks. They respond to incidents, establish proper standards and controls as well as manage technology, and determine the implementation and establishment of procedures and policies. The CISO is also typically in charge of compliance related to information.

The CISOs role is becoming more crucial in the world of connected. In the course of the Summit Michael Michie, CISO, M-Orient Bank, said that secure the smart infrastructure is essential for companies particularly those with millions of sensors and have many 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,” said the official.

“The role of security in this age of connectivity thus falls to everyone.” Michie concluded.