Companies Must Balance Speed and Security

By Samuel Greengard
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    Companies Must Balance Speed and Security

    Companies Must Balance Speed and Security

    Executives view security as a competitive differentiator and vital to protecting the brand, but some are willing to compromise security to speed up applications.

The need for speed is forcing many organizations to confront an inconvenient truth: While security is clearly critical to business, many enterprise leaders are still willing to cut corners and take risks. An October 2016 study conducted by Coleman Parks Research and CA Technologies, "The Security Imperative: Driving Business Growth in the App Economy," points out that too many companies are not following a best-practice approach to security and risk management. Although executives view security as critical to protecting the brand and even think of it as a competitive differentiator—with many execs using metrics to measure the impact of security on the business—there's often a willingness to compromise security in order to get applications to users faster. However, the report noted that speed and security aren't necessarily mutually exclusive concepts. By bringing security into the equation sooner and adopting best practices such as DevSecOps, it's possible to ratchet up both performance and protection. Here are some of the key findings from the survey of 1,170 global senior business and IT decision-makers.

This article was originally published on 2016-12-01
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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