CIOs are increasingly tapped to guide their entire organizations into the digital future. Parallel to keeping the lights on, they must continuously reinvent themselves and their organization’s digital roadmaps, while maintaining their business’ layered security posture and mitigating risks – even as threats continue to rise in number and sophistication.
That’s a formidable task, and it keeps many IT leaders up at night. In a survey by TechTarget, CIOs said they expect security to be the top IT project for the third year in a row. In particular, the greatest anxieties about layered security are around the Internet of Things, which will connect tens of billions of new devices to the Internet in the years ahead. Indeed, it was loT devices that hackers used in the recent massive DDoS attack
Three elements of a layered security approach.
- It Takes A Village. A comprehensive layered approach cannot be accomplished by the customer alone. It must be addressed in partnership with your vendors and their respective area of expertise. It means that security specialists working within the organization, alongside vendors such as data center colocation providers, cloud providers, software, and content providers are focused on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s data.
- Inspection Is Required. In a layered security approach, the organization inspects security measures from every angle – every layer – in order to avoid blind spots. Working under this level of security vigilance ups everyone’s game.
- Vendors Are A layered approach reminds organizations to inspect potential vendors’ security measures thoroughly. Vendors’ security measures become the organization’s security measures when that vendor is brought on board.
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