Cybersecurity – On Top Priority by IT Leaders for Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation

With the increase in remote working models globally, cybersecurity is the ultimate technology priority for the planned digital transformation projects.

With advanced technologies enabling cutting-edge tools to meet the challenges of unprecedented times, it is safe to say – digital transformation is here to stay. However, security concerns remain. Thus, CISOs are rethinking their security strategies – which is even more critical than the digital transformation journey.

Lately, more businesses adapting to remote working norm due to COVID-19 and cybersecurity, is the topmost technological priority for digital transformation projects. Several IT leaders have noted that they are adjusting to the evolving working culture in a survey conducted by the DTX: NOW event organizers.

This is critical, challenging for many organizations and business leaders to overcome this within the next year. As per the survey, nearly 26% percent of IT professionals indicated cybersecurity as their primary emphasis on the planned projects.

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This was followed by the importance of cloud technology (21%), data analytics (15%), and network infrastructure (14%). Similarly, a CrowdStrike study recently found that there were more hands-on-keyboard disturbances in the H1 2020 than the entirety of 2019.

Even a majority of IT leaders are adopting a complete digital culture for a new era of work culture irrespective of the security challenges. In its essence, many businesses are implementing automation of business processes and tasks and choosing the right cloud strategy for their operations.

The significant barriers to digital transformation projects (on budget and on time) reflect the evolving business dynamics highly intensified by the pandemic. The most common hurdles to projects are changing scope, reduced budgets, and fluctuating team structure as per experts.

As mentioned by James McGough, MD at Imago Techmedia in the DTX: NOW study, “Ensuring the vast majority of employees could work from home practically overnight has exposed issues with IT strategy, and modernizing the core tech stack has become an immediate priority for just about every organization.”

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Indeed, most organizations have indicated that business areas like network infrastructure, cybersecurity measures, and cloud strategy – require fast adaptation for a distributed workforce. Businesses are investing hugely to protect data and other critical assets as cybersecurity is the primary concern now.

The surging digital transformation initiatives are only going to increase the threat of cybersecurity. Thus, IT needs have to be put into practice at the beginning of the transformation journey design. Businesses with comprehensive data on security instances can integrate analytics, ML, and algorithms to resolve real-time risks.