Top Two Cyber Concerns Plaguing Digital Enterprises According to 2nd Annual BMC and Forbes Insights Survey
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HOUSTON — January 11, 2017 — BMC, the global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, in association with Forbes Insights, the strategic research and thought leadership practice of Forbes Media, today released results from its second annual security survey revealing that 69% of senior security and IT executives say digital transformation is forcing fundamental changes to existing cybersecurity strategies. Financial and customer information, brand reputation, intellectual property, and employee information were also listed as critical assets to protect against security breaches. New business priorities and technologies also create challenges for IT and security teams, with 65% of respondents indicating that public clouds have the biggest security implications.
The results of the survey of more than 300 C-level executives in North America and Europe also found that security transformation impacts both the technology choices enterprises make to ward off cyber thieves and the way companies organize internal stakeholders, assess risk, and prioritize future investments.
The central theme in this year’s report is the mandate for accountability and information sharing that must be addressed across different organizations, with a focus on prevention, detection, and incident response – or run the risk of falling prey to continued attacks. In fact, 52% of respondents indicate that accountability for security breaches has increased for their operations teams.
“Make no mistake, cybersecurity is a critical initiative across the board. Every company, government, and society is seeking new innovative paths to drive our digital future, but all are battling increased threats from phishing, ransomware, and known vulnerabilities,” said Bill Berutti, president of security and compliance at BMC. “Businesses need to tear down security and operations walls – or keep getting hacked. BMC is continuing to deliver highly sophisticated SecOps solutions that are illustrating our commitment and leadership in addressing these top customer priorities.”
“The biggest fear of the CIOs and CISOs I speak to is seeing their companies on the front page of The Wall Street Journal because they’ve had a massive breach,” says Sean Pike, program vice president for security products at IDC.
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Effective execution of known risks will enable teams to then focus on the unknown risks, or unplanned activities. Sixty-eight percent plan to enhance incident response capabilities in the next 12 months. The guiding principle is that enterprises should avoid as many incidents as possible by eradicating the known risks with systematic and effective execution, allowing them to focus the best resources at driving out any intruders that nevertheless find a way in.
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