Is Business Fully Committed to Cyber-Security?

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-05-11 Email

By now, it's fairly apparent that locking down enterprise data and systems requires more than state-of-the-art tools. Strong cyber-security protections also revolve around knowledge, skills and communication. A recently released study from Dell, "Dell Data Security Survey," offers some interesting but unsettling insights into enterprise security strategies—including areas in which business and IT leaders are failing. The report, which polled 1,302 business and IT decision-makers across seven countries, found that while the C-suite recognizes the benefits of data security, organizations continue to struggle with developing programs that incorporate security without detracting from other business initiatives. In fact, even with tools that address data security needs, enterprise decision-makers report gaps. "These findings suggest that the C-level has to be more engaged when it comes to integrating data security strategies into their business," said Steve Lalla, vice president of Commercial Client Software & Solutions for Dell. "Security programs must enable employees to be both secure and productive," adds Brett Hansen, executive director, Dell's Data Security Solutions.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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