IDG Contributor Network: Flexible security – time to forget the underlying infrastructure

Business transformation remains aligned to technological advances, according to more than four fifths (81%) of global CEOs. Yet in the rush to achieve digitally enabled change, the constraints of current security models and thinking pose a fundamental risk to the business. When organizations are faced with wholesale and expensive security redevelopment to embrace the cloud, extend the capability of a remote office, support flexible working, or even upgrade data center requirements it is no wonder corners are cut and security postures compromised as a result.

In a ‘disrupt or be disrupted’ competitive environment, businesses need true flexibility when it comes to security to enable CISOs to protect today’s extended organization – flexibility that puts users, applications and secure access at the centre of a watertight security model.

Fundamental disconnect

Despite the ever-increasing threat landscape, the vast majority of organizations appear to need little incentive to side step essential security requirements.  Indeed, despite clear understanding of the devastating financial and reputation implications associated with a breach – Equifax or Deloitte anyone? – push back on the cost of essential security investment is a constant.

While the vast majority of organizations now acknowledge that business growth is reliant on digital transformation and accept that IT deployment and security is now vital, there remains a fundamental disconnect.  For when the CIO presents plans to move part of the infrastructure into the cloud or upgrade the connection between remote offices and the data center, more often than not the security aspect of that business critical investment gets watered down – at best.