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Cyber security is no longer just an IT department discussion: Fortinet survey

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Fortinet, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, in its new Global Enterprise Security Survey, revealed that 42% of IT decision-makers in India believe that IT security is still not a top priority discussion for the board.

According to the research, many IT professionals believe that the transition to the cloud as part of their organisations’ digital transformation will in turn make security a growing priority.

Now, IT decision makers feel strongly that cybersecurity should become a top management priority with 87% of the respondents saying that the board should actually put IT security under greater scrutiny.

Patrice Perche, Senior Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Sales and Support at Fortinet, said, “As organisations now embrace digital transformation and turn to technologies like the cloud, cybersecurity is no longer just an IT investment but a strategic business decision.”

Perche said, “In today’s digital economy, I expect the trend we’ve seen at the board level to accelerate with security being treated as a top priority within an organisations’ broader risk management strategy. By doing so, companies will be in a better position to succeed in their digital transformation efforts.”

Three key drivers for cybersecurity becoming a top priority:

  • Increase in security breaches and global cyberattacks: In the last two years, 84% of businesses have experienced a security breach. 71% of ITDMs said there has been an increased focus on IT security following global cyberattacks, such as WannaCry.
  • Increased pressure from the regulators: With major fines threatening the bottom line, such as the impending GDPR compliance for European data, the board now has a mandate to take interest.
  • Transition to the cloud as a catalyst for security priorities: As organisations look at migrating to the cloud as part of their digital transformation, 88% of IT security decision makers believe that cloud security is becoming a growing priority.
  • Increased pressure from the regulators: With major fines threatening the bottom line, such as the impending GDPR compliance for European data, the board now has a mandate to take interest.
  • Transition to the cloud as a catalyst for security priorities: As organisations look at migrating to the cloud as part of their digital transformation, 88% of IT security decision makers believe that cloud security is becoming a growing priority.

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