How automation will help enterprises overcome the cybersecurity skills gap

There are few verticals that can boast a 0% unemployment rate, but cybersecurity is one of them. There are far more job openings than there are skilled professionals to fill them. This is despite many efforts to train, upskill and reskill people to close this talent gap. With almost three million unfilled cybersecurity positions around the world, the industry needs to come to grips with the serious nature of this skills gap.

The speed at which the threat landscape is...

By Mike Armistead, 06 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

What’s new on Forrester’s Zero Trust security landscape in 2019: From theory to integration

  • Forrester added in Checkpoint, Forescout, Google, illumio, MobileIron, Proofpoint, Symantec, and Unisys in their latest Forrester Wave Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers this year
  • Forrester’s 2019 scorecard increased the weight on network security, automation and orchestration, and portfolio growth rate compared to last year, adding in Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) ecosystem advocacy to the...

By Louis Columbus, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees, Security.

As Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 move to end of life - how to immortalise enterprise IT in the cloud

Significant challenges are emerging for enterprises migrating their IT into the cloud. A primary issue is the migration of business-critical applications built to work specifically with legacy operating systems. Lack of compatibility with cloud environments provided by the likes of AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud means those critical applications can fail to function.

As the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 end-of-life deadline rapidly approaches, enterprises running applications on these or any other...

By Mat Clothier, 28 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Productivity.

Allison Cerra, CMO, McAfee: On education and mindfulness in removing cybersecurity complexity

If you’re going to write a playbook around cybersecurity best practice, as a leading executive of one of the major security companies, then it may be a wise idea to deal with any skeletons in the cupboard before dispensing the pellets of wisdom.

Thankfully Allison Cerra, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at McAfee, does so in her new book with integrity, grace, and no little wit.

In April 2017, as

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, CIO, Data & Analytics, Employee Education, Employees, Security.

Lack of communication between CEO and CISOs put organisations at risk of cyberattacks, says Australian study

The latest research report from Unisys has revealed a major persisting issue between two members of the C-suite that could put organisations at greater risk of cyber-attacks.

The study, which surveyed 88 CEOs and 54 CISOs from Australian small-to-medium businesses, found that many CEOs still see cyber-security in tactical terms and thus failing to integrate safeguard essential digital assets into their strategic planning.

By Enterprise CIO, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Employees, Security.

Gartner CIO survey: EMEA organisations getting to grips with digital but remain vulnerable

Gartner’s recent annual global survey of CIOs has revealed that though organisations in the EMEA region have adopted digitalisation, they remain vulnerable to prevailing business conditions.

According to the survey, CIOs must assist their organisations acquire the abilities required to win when the next turn arrives, as year 2020 is likely to be more volatile than 2019.

Andy...

By Enterprise CIO, 06 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Research.

The six key steps to improve your enterprise’s mobile maturity

There are a number of challenges that IT leaders and decision makers must grapple with to stay current and successful in the modern enterprise environment. While problems such as struggling to recruit and retain skilled professionals or deploying new technology securely may have considerable impact, perhaps no challenge is as difficult to master as the unyielding pace of constant, rapid change.

By Marco Nielsen, 05 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, BYOD, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Gartner notes upcoming challenges for CEOs – and what CIOs must do to mitigate them

When your organisation has to navigate stormy waters, the CEO will take the brunt of the incoming waves. Yet the CIO can steer a course to safety through technological change. A new report from Gartner assesses three macro-level problems chief executives may face in the coming year – and how CIOs can be able to mitigate them.

The first trend is focused around what Gartner calls ‘reglobalisation’. As...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Employees.

How the CIO can win over the most tech-resistant and tech-reluctant employees

CIOs often face significant hurdles when building new technology or implementing it into their businesses. Budget restrictions, lack of buy-in from management, resistance from employees, or simply not knowing where to start can make success feel impossible. Adopting new technology is necessary for business survival, though.

Many CIOs underestimate the amount of strategy and planning necessary to pull off the...

By Andrey Kudievskiy, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Three ways IT can mitigate DNS security threats: A guide

You may think your domain name system is secure. But have you peeked under the hood recently? If you have, you may have seen the metaphorical tangle of wires and junk clogging up the system and quickly backed away, hoping that nothing will catch fire.

The DNS is the complex, interdependent addressing system that directs users to every aspect of your organisation’s digital experience. Executives tend to...

By Peter La Mantia, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, CIO, Data Loss, Security.

How automation will impact the future of IT skills

In casual conversation, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are talked about as if they’re interchangeable, but this doesn’t reflect reality. Automated processes serve the sole function of automating specific tasks without human intervention. AI, on the other hand, is the simulation of actual human intelligence to work on tasks independently.

Despite the clear distinction between AI and automation, a...

By Sascha Giese, 30 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Productivity.

How to get ahead as a CIO: Why transformation alone isn’t enough

In the past 24 months, many CIOs have begun the strategic transition of steering their organisation through the digital transformation journey. Becoming an enabler for the business is a relatively straightforward evolution, but what the business really needs is the tech savvy visionary. However, if, as a CIO, you are placing exclusive focus on digital transformation, you risk missing the bigger picture. The CIOs who have one eye on delivering more than digital transformation are moving to establish themselves...

By Robert Rhame, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why businesses need to develop a Matrix Mindset

Digital technology is a pervasive force that impacts every part of our existence. It will be embedded in everything – our bodies, our houses, the cities and world we live in – all with the capability to augment our daily lives.

A key component of this will be a synergistic combination of cloud and AI, part of what LEF defines as “The Matrix”, creating an intelligent, pervasive infrastructure that will increasingly be able to perform just about everything that companies and individuals...

By Glen Robinson, 26 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO.

Organisations still trying to find sweet spot between innovation and security focus, argues CompTIA

It is a question which organisations continue to ponder: what is the right balance between innovation and security? A new report from CompTIA argues that companies are working to balance both sides of the coin – but with issues along the way.

The report, ‘Cybersecurity for Digital Operations’ which is based on a survey of 500 US businesses, found almost half (45%) of organisations polled were...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Loss, IoT, Security.

One in five CISOs reports directly to the CEO today as organisations focus more on IoT and cloud

The latest study from Wipro has found that one in five CISOs are now reporting directly to the CEO, with cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) strategies increasingly on the radar.

Wipro’s latest study, titled “2019 State of Cybersecurity Report”, is based on three months of primary and secondary research, including surveys of security leadership, operational analysts, and 211 global organisations across 27...

By Enterprise CIO, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Research, Security.

Mobile identity is the new security perimeter: How enterprises need to secure their mobile worlds

  • 86% of enterprise executives say that mobile threats are growing faster than any other according to Verizon’s Mobile Security Index 2019 and 67% of enterprise execs are less confident about the security of their mobile devices compared to other IT assets.
  • Mobile devices are hackers’ favorite platform to target, with over 905,000 malware packages installed in Q1 of this year alone and over 5.3 million in 2018, 

By Louis Columbus, 03 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, CIO, Employees, Identity, Security.

Alerts are ignored and turnover is high as security teams suffer from incident overload, report says

If everything incident which happens at an organisation is of super-critical importance, then how can the system fully function? Alert overload for security teams is not uncommon, yet a new report from Critical Start encapsulates the issues many personnel face.

The company’s report, ‘The Impact of Security Alert Overload’, polled more than 50 security operations centre (SOC) professionals across enterprise...

By James Bourne, 02 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Collaboration, Data Loss, Employee Education, Employees, Research, Security.

Tackling cybercrime one step at a time: How businesses can stay connected and protected

As concern around cyber security continues to rapidly grow and threats become increasingly complex, the challenges faced by businesses are mounting considerably. In fact, when assessing the cyber security risk, it is no longer a question of if a business will be attacked, but when.

Today, significant cyber security breaches are becoming commonplace in newspaper headlines, with British Airways among one of the latest organisations to face the consequences of a data breach. This resulted in around 500,000...

By Shani Latif, 22 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Want the benefits of blockchain but easy implementation with it? The answer may be here

Blockchain has been around for a little over a decade now. Yet while most IT folk understand that it’s about transaction security, business decision-makers have still to tune in. Ultimately, a hesitant business stance towards adopting blockchain has left many organisations with substandard, costly and centralised data security systems.

One reason organisations have been hesitant to even trial blockchain, is the perceived cost of experimentation, development and implementation. But this cost has fallen...

By Chris Obdam, 16 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development, RMAD.