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Survey: 90% of CIOs find security more challenging

Fortinet Security Census 2014 reveals increased boardroom pressure on security operations

Survey: 90% of CIOs find security more challenging
63% admitted abandoning or delaying at least one new business initiative because of IT security concerns.

Ninety per cent of CIOs and CTOs believe that the job of keeping their enterprises protected is becoming more challenging, according to new research published by Fortinet.

The report, which surveyed over 1,600 enterprise IT decision makers, found that serious boardroom pressure to keep the enterprise secure has jumped almost one-third in the last 12 months, making security paramount and a primary consideration over other business initiatives.

"With IT security on the boardroom agenda, this and other challenges are clearly adding weight onto the shoulders of senior IT professionals and questioning the ability of some organisations to exploit innovation while remaining secure," said John Maddison, vice president of marketing products at Fortinet.

"These organisations must act now to address the impact of the growing threat environment and increased scrutiny on IT security, re-evaluating their goals to ensure they strike the right balance and achieve resilience in the face of cyber threats."

Indeed, among IT decision makers recording the highest boardroom pressure, 63% admitted abandoning or delaying at least one new business initiative because of IT security concerns.

Meanwhile, 88% said that the increasing frequency and complexity of threats, and the new demands of emerging technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) and biometrics posed the biggest challenge to keeping their organisations secure.

As a result, the majority of respondents said that they had been provoked into action by rising data privacy concerns (90%) and securing big data initiatives (89%). In the majority of cases, this meant new IT security investments.

The Fortinet Security Census 2014 was a research exercise undertaken on behalf of Fortinet by independent market research company Lightspeed GMI. The survey involved 1,610 qualified IT decision makers - predominantly CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and Heads of IT - largely from organisations larger than 500 employees.

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