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CIOs Should Manage Technology Risk and Cybersecurity Through the Lens of Business Value

Published: 03 November 2016

ID: G00314523

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor


CIOs should address technology risk and cybersecurity challenges through the lens of business value to deliver appropriate levels of protection that support business outcomes. Treat cybersecurity like a business function.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Digital Business Changes Everything About Technology Risk and Cybersecurity
    • Leadership and Governance
    • The Evolving Threat Environment
    • Cybersecurity at the Speed of Digital Business
    • Cybersecurity at the New Edge
    • People and Process: Cultural Change


  • Create Executive Awareness and Appetite to Manage and Accept Appropriate Levels of Risk That Support Business Outcomes
    • Introduce Your Non-IT Executives to the Notion That There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Protection
    • Identify Opportunities to Use People-Centric Security to Address Behavior Change
  • Build and Formalize a Risk-Based Approach and Program
    • Formalize and Measure a Risk and Security Program That Delivers Variable Levels of Protection
    • Formalize Risk Assessment Capabilities to Avoid a Paper-Pushing Exercise That Delivers No Value
    • Shift Security Investment to Detection and Response
  • Manage Cultural Change to Create a Risk-Engaged Culture
    • Develop a Risk-Engaged Culture to Socialize the Idea of Consciously Accepting Risk
  • Transform Technology Risk and Cybersecurity Into a Business Function

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