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BLOG: Huge Sony data breach should empower CIOs and CISOs

Ross O. Storey | May 18, 2011
The Sony breach, and subsequent digital security tightening, should be a major wake-up call for multinational enterprises across the globe.

CIOs 'too busy'

The 2010 'State of the Asian CxO' report by CIO Asia magazine found that more than two-thirds of the more than 300 respondents from across Asia stated they are "too busy maintaining existing systems and infrastructure to innovate". This shows the need for enterprises to have a specific CISO able to focus specifically on digital security.

Despite this "cry for help" from CIOs, the same survey found that most (70.4 per cent) had no plans to increase their IT team's headcount this year.

Whichever way you read the figures, the corporate world currently seems to be in something of a state of denial about the existing cyber crime environment, even though the 2011 CyberSecurity Watch survey, conducted by CSO magazine (a sister publication of Computerworld Singapore), and sponsored by Deloitte, found that, among other things, cyber attacks, by foreign entities, have doubled in the past year to 10 per cent of the total.

Perhaps more worryingly, the CSO survey also found that insider attacks are becoming more sophisticated with some 22 power cent of disgruntled insiders now using rootkits or other hacker tools to steal data from their employers, up from just nine per cent a year ago.

All in all, the message is that enterprises cannot afford to maintain an ostrich "head in the sand" attitude to digital security and relying on the ability of current CIOs to maintain their security protection may simply not be enough.

The key takeaway is that big business should appoint specialists to protect their crown jewel data and not just expect existing executives to be able to cope when the bad guys are becoming increasingly professional.

What do you think?



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