Where will CIOs spend on security in 2016?

By Andrew Potgieter, security solutions director at Westcongroup Southern Africa

While last year saw many businesses questioning whether or not to adopt the cloud because of security concerns 2016 will see CIOs up the amount spent on cloud security. A survey by Bitglass of close to 100 CIOs at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo last year found that about one in three (34%) IT leaders anticipate an increase of over 20% in cloud security spending in 2016.


Could this be linked to the predicted increase in spending on digitisation? Perhaps. Cloud is inevitably linked to digitisation and naturally businesses will want to be safer than ever as they prepare for an explosion of connections within their businesses in the coming years. Gartner has predicted that within the next five years there will be one million new devices coming online every hour. My next question then is, do South Africans know how to secure emerging digital enterprises?


This was a topic that was addressed in various presentations at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo last year. VP and Gartner Fellow, Tom Scholtz, gave a presentation called “To the Point: The Imminent Revolution in Information Security”, in which he stated that the old approach to security that’s based on control no longer works. According to an article on he asserted that, “control doesn’t scale because there are too many identities, devices, data and threats that organisations must track.”


Security laws that have become ingrained in the minds of IT professionals and CIOs like “prevention is better than cure”, “humans are the weakest link” and “default should be to deny” are being crushed by digital business.

By 2020, 60% of enterprises’ information security budgets will be allocated for rapid detection and response approaches, said Gartner. What this means is that security needs to become less about building walls and more about swiftly detecting and responding to threats. More significant investments also need to be made into risk management disciplines.


Gartner also asserted that well positioned risk-based decisions will balance the needs to protect the organisation against the needs to run the business. Security professionals are working more toward equipping executives with the knowledge needed to make informed risk management decisions, the discussion is changing and the lines between the two are beginning to blur. The main priority now is the protection of the business.


The success of a digital business means changing the way that security is thought about within it. It’s no longer just up to IT to secure the business, but rather the responsibility of all employees to understand the new threats associated with new ways of doing business. The CIO then, has the responsibility to leverage each individual’s knowledge in determining what will be necessary to protect emerging digital businesses. 


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