BEDFORD, Mass. - June 09, 2009 -
RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC), today released two new research studies that examine the far-reaching security implications of promising technologies such as cloud computing, virtualization, social networking and mobile communications, and explore the pivotal business risks and rewards they represent to organizations worldwide.
The first research study – conducted by IDG Research Services – reveals a significant gap between the speed at which organizations are adopting new connectivity, collaboration and communication technologies and their readiness to deploy them securely. The second study, from RSA’s Security for Business Innovation Council, outlines how companies can capitalize on the significant business advantages these new technologies represent without putting their organizations at risk.
“Businesses are becoming ‘hyper-extended enterprises,’ exchanging information with more constituencies in more ways and in more places than ever before,” said Art Coviello, Executive Vice President, EMC Corporation and President, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “The rapid adoption of nascent web, social and mobile technologies combined with the rising use of outsourcing is quickly dissolving what remains of the traditional boundaries around our organizations and information assets. Security strategies must shift dramatically to ensure companies can achieve their goals to cut costs and meet revenue targets without creating dangerous new business vulnerabilities.”
Commissioned by RSA, a 2009 IDG Research Services survey of 100 top security executives at companies with revenues of $1 billion or more showed that some companies are so enthusiastic about the potential of new web and mobile technologies, they are deploying them without adequately securing critical processes and data.
Key findings include:
Study findings are summarized in the IDG Research Services white paper, “As Hyper-Extended Enterprises Grow, So Do Security Risks,” which can be downloaded at (www.rsa.com/innovation). From here, organizations can also test their security readiness for the hyper-extended enterprise and compare results to those of the executives surveyed.
Also today, RSA released the results of its fourth Security for Business Innovation Council report, “Charting the Path: Enabling the “Hyper-Extended” Enterprise in the Face of Unprecedented Risk.” In this report, top security leaders from around the globe explore how security strategies must transform in a world in which well-intentioned actions to drive new business value could open up disastrous risk exposures.
“At this particular point in time, when we have such a rapidly-changing environment, we need to absolutely cry, ‘Time out!’ We need to step away from it, and we need to examine if our program has all the right gears,” commented Council member Dr. Claudia Natanson, Chief Information Security Officer, Diageo. “Is your program road-ready for the rough ride that you may be about to embark on? Because only the most agile, only the fittest, only the most flexible will make it to the end.”
RSA’s prior study, “Driving Fast and Forward: Managing Information Security for Strategic Advantage in a Tough Economy” highlighted the importance of not pulling back on innovation in the face of budget and resource constraints. This new report demonstrates how top security leaders simultaneously grapple with the need to promote innovation while protecting information in an increasingly risky environment.
Based on in-depth conversations with the Security for Business Innovation Council, whose members are some of the world’s top security officers, this report looks at where information security is headed. It offers specific recommendations for developing an updated information security model that reflects the emerging opportunities and dangers at hand. Council members outline why today’s threat environment is particularly treacherous and share advice on how to securely tap the hyper-extended enterprise for business advantage. Specific guidance includes:
The Security for Business Innovation Council is comprised of 10 highly-successful Global 1000 security executives who are committed to sharing their own insights and experiences to help move information security forward at organizations worldwide.
Council members include: Anish Bhimani, Managing Director, Risk and Security Management, JP Morgan Chase; Bill Boni, Corporate Vice President, Information Security and Protection, Motorola; Roland Cloutier, Vice President, CSO, EMC Corporation; Dave Cullinane, Vice President and CISO, eBay Marketplaces; Dr. Paul Dorey, former Vice President, Digital Security and Chief Information Security Officer, BP and Director, CSO Confidential; Renee Guttmann, Vice President, Information Security & Privacy Officer, Time Warner; David Kent, Vice President, Security, Genzyme; Dr. Claudia Natanson, CISO, Diageo; Craig Shumard, CISO, Cigna Corporation; and Andreas Wuchner, Head IT Risk Management, Security & Compliance, Novartis.
The report released today is the fourth in the series, and RSA expects to publish more original Council reports over the coming months. Those interested in learning more about the Security for Business Innovation Council reports can visit the RSA Thought Leadership website at http://www.RSA.com/securityforinnovation/ to view and download all of the studies.
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