As business leaders, CIOs have limited time to manage security and lead other efforts. Given this reality of limited resources for security, Holcomb recommends increased security and attention on very important assets. “Customer data, merger and acquisition information, intellectual property and pre-release financial data are frequently targeted by hackers. It makes sense to apply additional controls and protection to this information,” she says.
People and management remain at the center of IT security strategy
According to IT research company Gartner, worldwide spending on IT security services will surpass $70 billion dollars in 2015. That large portion of spending has attracted the interest of many service providers ranging from new companies such as IBM to start-up companies. Given the high trust required to take on a security consulting or advisory service, CIOs have a wide choice of options in services. As Lockheed Martin and Cisco show, developing security skills throughout the organization is essential to effective security.
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