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Cyber security to be top-three priority for 70% of global CEOs: IDC

‘Digital transformation’ grips Middle East, says research firm

Elliot: A combination of IT leadership and CxO accountability is an absolute must.
Elliot: A combination of IT leadership and CxO accountability is an absolute must.

Cyber security and mobility are now "firmly established" as the top two strategic investment areas for regional organisations, said International Data Corporation, ahead of its Middle East CIO Summit, which is set to take place this week.

Stephen Elliot, vice president of research at IDC, explained that mobility's rise has led to escalating concerns over corporate privacy and that those anxieties would soon extend beyond the IT department. He predicted that by 2016, cyber security will be a top-three business priority for 70% of global enterprise CEOs.

"There is a growing trend among the enterprise community for security to be elevated to senior executive responsibility, with line-of-business heads working together with CIOs to ensure cross-functional governance," said Elliot.

"Indeed, the reality of today's security landscape means that a combination of IT leadership and CxO accountability is an absolute must, and it is now imperative that security reviews are conducted prior to the introduction of any new solutions, regardless of whether IT is involved or not."

IDC's Middle East CIO Summit is scheduled for 25 to 26 February at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.