With the European GDPR now in effect, data protection and classification is top of the agenda for all global organisations. There is still great uncertainty about the long-term effects the regulation will have in the US but with the strong reactions seen recently to the Facebook and (now defunct) Cambridge Analytica scandal it is clearly vital for all organisations to be prepared.
The modern day security leader strives to reduce complexity across the security ecosystem, achieve better threat visibility, continually tighten security controls across all tiers, whilst protecting the organisation from the insider threat through to third parties and with legacy systems continuing to burden, patch management, threat detection and prevention have never been more critical.
Next generation technologies such as AI and ML, cloud investments and the continual advance of application development bring many benefits across the business but the implications for security has never been greater.
The good news is that the executive board is now more engaged with the security and risk function and the essential part it plays in the organisation. Investment is increasing for previously undervalued projects. There has never been a more important and relevant time to share experiences and strategies from across industries to ensure workable solutions are found to these critical threats.