Application economy increases focus on security, says CA
Security seen as an enabler and growth driver in the application economy
The growth of the application economy is changing attitudes towards security and driving increased investment, according to a new study sponsored by CA Technologies.
The study, which surveyed 1,425 senior IT executives in large enterprise organisations, found that the emergence of mobility, application programming interfaces (APIs) and the need to grow business means that security is no longer an afterthought, but is seen as essential to control and enablement of business.
Diyaa Zebian, regional director MENA, CA Technologies Middle East and North Africa commented: “We need to live in a security-first world – light-years from when security was an afterthought and bolted on after a service or application was deployed. With the application economy going full-throttle in the hyper-connected world of people, devices and expanding ambient data, businesses realise that security goes beyond protection. The same tools that govern who and what can access our data, also can deliver a frictionless and positive customer experience and contribute to business growth in a variety of ways.”
Among the findings of the survey was the degree of complexity that mobility and always-on connectivity is bringing to security. Improving the mobile customer experience was cited as a top security priority (42%), second only to protecting against data breach (56%). In addition, 49% of respondents say mobility has a big or significant impact on security practices and policies with respect to customers.
Success in the application economy requires businesses to innovate and release applications more quickly, and API-assembled apps will lead the way. To facilitate this, 79% of respondents are opening their data as APIs to accelerate mobile and web application delivery, improve customer engagements and open new revenue channels and opportunities (the highest figure anywhere in the world). This adds new considerations to the protection factor of security.
In terms of attitudes to security, forty-eight percent of respondents recognised that business enablement is an important benefit of security and can drive growth. Seventy-eight percent of respondents have seen or expect to see increased revenue from new services enabled by improved security.
Increased focus on security is leading to increased investment, with security accounting for 25% of all IT spending over the next three years, compared to 18% today.
Zebian added: “The application economy is forcing businesses to re-invent their approach to IT security. It must evolve from a foundation of protection to one of user enablement. Security needs to enable access not only for internal end users, but also external customers and partners. The focus shifts from limited access and extensive restrictions, to a strategy that uses enabling technologies – such as APIs, two-factor authentication and bring-your-own-identity – to support innovation.”