The former racing driver Mario Andretti famously said: “It’s amazing how many people think that brakes are for slowing the car down.” And he was right — brakes are for making the car go faster, safely. Which I feel perfectly sums up the role of cybersecurity in today’s organizations: to enable them to enjoy the fullest benefits of digital transformation while managing the many risks.
COVID-19 has magnified both the opportunities and threats of digitization. Organizations have made incredible strides in remote working and collaboration for employees, as well as improving digital customer experience. But this has also reminded us that physical perimeters no longer exist. With increasing reliance on third parties, and the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other devices, cyber security now involves complex ecosystems with a dramatically increased threat potential. In a marketplace where speed to market is essential, cybersecurity teams are now responsible for building trust and resilience, by forging a pragmatic security culture and helping embed security by design thinking into every aspect of digital infrastructure and data. To do this, they must see themselves as enablers and facilitators, helping others deliver services and brands that deserve cyber trust amongst customers, employees, and society at large.
To find out more about how cybersecurity roles are evolving, KPMG professionals spoke to a number of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from major organizations, from a wide range of industries and regions, as well as to KPMG’s cybersecurity specialists from around the world. We have distilled insights from these thought leaders with the aim of providing pragmatic advice to help address the main challenges facing tomorrow’s security team. Read our latest paper to learn more.