According to a survey conducted by Hitachi ID in collaboration with Pulse, 70% of CIOs believe that long-term IT priorities have changed since the beginning of 2020. Cybersecurity is now a top priority for companies.
Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent shift to remote working has changed priorities for most companies. There are no signs of IT employees returning to offices. The remote working is likely to continue for a few more quarters. Majority of the workforce is still developing an integrated and distributed home environment. The vulnerabilities that the fragmented workforce poses to businesses and network security are beefing up their cybersecurity measures.
Top IT CIOs have prioritised identity and access management over endpoint security and security awareness training to its employees. The self-education initiatives will help IT companies to strengthen their security architecture.
For CIOs of top IT companies, security powered by emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), hyper-converged infrastructure, edge computing, and serverless computing are among the top priorities.
Karl Mosgoﬁan, CIO of Gainsight said, “The trend toward AI/ML insecurity has been accelerated by the current situation. In addition, some “old school” technologies like VDI and VPN are getting a lot more attention as circumstances have made oﬃce network security less relevant. However, the key to eﬀective AI is structured learning. Just turning an algorithm loose against a dataset may not yield much, but with the combination of AI, human intelligence, and understanding, it’s amazing what we can achieve.”