Security Issues Slow Digital Transformation Among Businesses
Only 18 percent of respondents in a recent Dell survey said that security has been included in all mobile, IoT, cloud and self-service initiatives.Security often is seen as a barrier to digital transformation among businesses, according to a survey of 631 IT decision-makers fielded by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Dell. Nearly all (97 percent) of global respondents said they're investing in digital technologies to transform their business, including mobile, cloud applications, cloud infrastructures and the internet of things (IoT). Three-quarters said the need to increase employee productivity is the driving force behind digital transformation initiatives, while 67 percent cite business growth. Where security stands in these initiatives is a bit more shaky: 85 percent of respondents believed security teams can better enable digital transformation initiatives if they are included early in the project, and more than 90 percent said the security team can better enable the business if given more resources.
"I've never met with a customer who actually has enough security budget. The best course for any security department is to first assess their risks. Understand what the business is doing. Where is data being stored? What data—is it PII, credit card data, health records? The security department needs to understand the IT landscape so as to understand the security and risk posture," Bill Evans, senior director of identity and access management for Dell Security, told eWEEK. "Once this is known, the best the security department can do is prioritize and attack. No security department will ever eliminate all risk from the enterprise."