“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it's a verb” – Robert Downey Jr.
It seems like for years IT security professionals were taken for granted. Seen by most as a formality so the company can check the box for “Yes, we have security in place.” It wasn’t a job where folks were given much attention, and certainly wasn’t a position that had sway over the decisions of the boardroom. In many ways it still isn’t.
But something has changed. Boardrooms, in need of the adoption of cloud applications for lower costs and greater scalability, are pushing for the adoption of SaaS apps like Office 365, Salesforce and Dropbox. Their need for the latest and greatest mobile devices from Apple or Samsung have driven them to use their own personal devices for work. Leading to BYOD within the enterprise. These advancements in enterprise technology/infrastructure have led to something all enterprises are now well aware of. Corporate data is at risk.
36% of IT executives rank "Security" as their no. 1 iniative for 2015. Because of this, boardroom executives have added a new chair to the table. A chair reserved for the Senior Security executive. Quite the change from the past. Frenzied by the number of breaches that have occurred over the last year, and their power to cripple enterprises and their hard earned reputations, more enterprises are starting to see security as not an “add on,” but as a value add, business enabling function. This has given senior security professionals unprecedented power. And with great power comes great responsibility.
Now, you, the senior IT security professional have the ability to shape the future of your enterprise, and the ability to limit the risk of and damaging breach. With 90% of enterprises today worried about the security of public cloud applications, and with BYOD present within 66% of companies, it is now up to the security team to figure out how to secure company data. It’s time to step up.
Not to say that this will be easy. Because most security professionals are not used to the limelight, going from backroom to boardroom will take some getting used to. Speaking the boardroom lingo, and learning to navigate the water of the corporate and political scene aren’t necessarily strong suits yet. But that’s what we are here to help you with. Get ready to get your shine on.
This three-part blog series will give you the tools you need to become a boardroom hero. Read "Part 2: Prepping for 2016's End User Revolt."
Senior Manager, Product Marketing | Bitglass