Cybersecurity and Digital Business Risk Management

Manage cybersecurity risk effectively across an evolving digital risk landscape.

Digital business brings new cyber risks

Cybersecurity risks pervade every organization and aren’t always under IT’s direct control. Business leaders are forging ahead with their digital business initiatives, and those leaders are making technology-related risk choices every day. Increased cyber risk is real — but so are the data security solutions. 

CIOs must engage in digital risk management

CIOs must become the central agents stressing the connections between business and digital risk. The key is to build influence across business units and ecosystems to better manage security and risk, find the right talent and ensure appropriate levels of protection.

By 2020, 100% of large enterprises will be asked to report to their boards of directors on cybersecurity and technology risk at least annually, which is up from today's 40%.

The thing that kept me awake at night (as NATO military commander) was cybersecurity. Cybersecurity proceeds from the highest levels of our national interest ... through our medical, our educational to our personal finance (systems).

Admiral James Stavridis, Ret.

Former NATO Commander

Cybersecurity insights you can use

Increasing adoption of digital business strategies results in new cybersecurity risks and challenges. Gartner provides the insights, research and guidance to help security and risk management leaders create risk-optimized strategies to improve their organization’s readiness against cyberthreats.

How mature is your cybersecurity program?

To prevent and protect the organization against cyberthreats and security breaches, chief information security officers and security leaders must understand the current performance of their function relative to industry best practices, identify areas of improvement and develop a roadmap to improvement.

Be thankful for the cyberbreaches

Even in the most challenging security situations, there is an opportunity for growth and learning. This research helps security and risk management leaders learn about the opportunities that arise from their most daunting challenges — breaches, talent shortages and employee bases who don’t “get” information security.

Prepare for the board’s most likely security questions

Boards today are more informed and more prepared to challenge the effectiveness of their companies’ security programs. Effective communication with the board can help security and risk management leaders build confidence and gain support for overall security practice.


Embrace modern cybersecurity practices

Investing more money in current security and risk management approaches is not enough to safeguard your organizations against cybersecurity risks, malware, phishing or attracks exploiting the vulnerability of your systems. Instead, security leaders need to reinvent security strategy so they can keep pace with leadership’s demands to support new customer interactions and service delivery. Your organization can stay safe with the right planning, tools and guidance.

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