We are at a moment, where IT is being used more than ever to solve business problems. Organizations are doing this by implement data analytics, artificial intelligence, new applications, and smart devices to generate enormous amounts of data. This data drives actionable insights and unique competitive advantages. Despite this, many organizations still lack a clear digital vision and strategy; they use outdated technology, creating constraint, and a culture resistant to change. Without a proper plan, risk and security oﬅen become an aﬅerthought or simply never a part of the larger strategy discussion. At this pivotal point in technology, this reactive way of doing business can no longer stand. To accelerate innovation and realize the potential of their digital future, organizations must rethink how they understand security
In the IT world, security is typically viewed more as an obstacle than as an accelerator of positive change. Day-to-day, the job can be thankless and management have a diﬃcult seeing a return on their investment. Security staﬀ must manage mounting threats, complicated systems, and maintain a working knowledge of an ever-changing landscape. The seemingly daily barrage of cyberattacks on the news only exacerbates this stress, as does the sinking feeling that everything your organization owns could be lost in a second. But security does not need to be this wrought with fear and frustration. Security has always sought to be more positive, to be more proactive, but this is only possible with the right mindset and technology. We cannot keep thinking of security and risk like we have in the past. To put this shiﬅ in perspective, think about a car’s brakes. Initially, you may think that brakes only serve to slow you down, but brakes are also what enable you to go faster. They give you the conﬁdence to accelerate while preparing you for the obstacles and road ahead. Security and risk also need to be seen as accelerators for the organizations and not something that slows you down.