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Security challenges for CIOs in 2017

Chloe Dobinson | Jan. 12, 2017
Ransomware, restricting budgets and password protection are just some of the security challenges CIOs face in 2017.

Driving digital transformation while also implementing a successful security strategy will be challenging for CIOs in 2017.

The UK government recently invested in a £1.9 bn cyber security strategy, which aims to protect the UK and businesses online by reducing the risk of cyber-attacks.  

The increase of cyber threats has led to organisations' confidential information being hacked and stolen and executives are starting to pay more attention to security.  

CIO UK looks at some of the biggest security concerns, as well as comments from leading CIOs and digital experts on how they are ensuring they are keeping on top of security in 2017.  

Security challenges for CIOs in 2017: Retaining security talent

A lot is expected of CIOs, as Gartner challenged organisations in 2016 to tackle issues such as hiring security professionals to ensure data is protected.

According to the Spiceworks tech career outlook survey, 62% of IT professionals see cybersecurity as a key skill to develop for 2017.

CIOs need to hire and retain security talent who will be responsible for delivering a security roadmap.

Organisations should align a security and technology strategy by identifying ideas, costs and risks to reduce the risk of threats. This can help ensure security remains a priority for organisations.

Security challenges for CIOs in 2017: Ransomware

Ransomware will be a security challenge for CIOs in 2017 as businesses are becoming more prone to attacks.

The increase of ransomware has seen organisations block access to their business systems, encrypt files and shut down company networks until a fee is paid. Hackers target employees through search engines and social networks for sensitive data hoping to gain company and employee information.

CIOs should implement anti virus and firewall software to help protect users from potential attacks and prevent hackers from accessing company data.

Businesses should be aware of the current security risks of ransomware.

Through implementing mentoring, skills workshops and security training programmes CIOs can help restrict, protect and ensure the business is secure from any possible attacks.

Security challenges for CIOs in 2017: Restricting budgets

Budget restrictions have been a concern for CIOs and digital leaders tackling cybersecurity, and Aberdeenshire Council's Head of IT Nicola Graham sees collaboration as a way to tackle the issue.

"I think being in the public sector the government need to make sure data and cybersecurity are governed and secure, particularly as we go towards more online services," she said.

Graham, who is also the chair and Vice President of SOCITM, (Society of Information Technology Management), works on improving local government and the user's online experience.

"Cybersecurity is definitely a big thing for us at the council and in Aberdeenshire. As a whole we need to communicate and collaborate more and get better at working across different sectors," she said.


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