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Governments and corporations alike must escalate the treatment of cybersecurity to the point where it is handled with the same severity as any other risk, speakers at this month’s Cisco Live! conference agreed as security and IT administrators gathered to weigh the progress of cybersecurity policy and technology.
It may not be a word that most CISOs use to describe their jobs, but the proclamation of Cisco Systems chief information security officer Steve Martino (read CSO Australia’s interview) that “it’s sexy to be a security person today” resonated strongly with the themes of this year’s Cisco Live! conference in Melbourne.
A growing governmental focus on cybersecurity issues has contributed to a marked upswing in cybersecurity investment that is now often being driven from the board level, according to the head of Cisco Systems’ local security business.
Managed cloud services may be helping all kinds of businesses expand into new operational areas – but it’s CSOs that are in the firing line as they face the challenge of securing not only their own infrastructure, but the customer-facing services that lie at the heart of the company’s digital transformation.