Bringing Security To The CEO

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Businesses are challenged by the Connected Generation to protect networks, data and company reputations with shared effort, strategic focus and vigilance but unless CEOs lead the process of protecting their networks, data and assets (tangible and intangible) as more people and devices are connect across their networks cybercrime will continue to be a trillion-rand business.   

The ‘Connected Generation

The need for consumers and workers to connect and collaborate any time, on any device, and from anywhere, has created a paradox for businesses: simplifying control, access and usability in the face of increasingly complex connectivity. Integral to managing the growing number of connections globally demands corresponding levels of security while cyber criminals increase their levels of sophistication. As the pace of change in the Networked Economy increases with the adoption of machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), CEOs are challenged to leverage technology for competitive or operational advantage so that their companies are prepared for the security risks that come with increased connectivity.

CEOs recognise opportunities and risks

Cyberattacks or major disruptions of the Internet remain some of the top concerns among CEOs globally. They also recognize that when people, processes, data and machines are connected over the Internet there are enormous opportunities to create new revenue streams, customer experiences and efficiencies.

The benefits of moving to the cloud outweigh the risks, and in order to remain agile and competitive, CEOs must ensure that their companies are digitally adept across the value chain. Security is not just a CIO’s job. It is a boardroom issue.

Cisco Southern Africa is launching the first Cybersecurity Customer Experience Centre and Academy in the region to educate and train customers and other stakeholders on cybersecurity innovation, prevention and remediation.

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