Security is top of mind for every CIO and CEO today.

Kathy Gibson learnt about the market at the IDC Security Summit in Johannesburg.


Digital transformation drives security imperative

If you are not thinking about security, you are not thinking about technology properly.

That’s the word from Mark Walker, associate vice-president: sub-Saharan Africa at IDC, who explains that digital transformation means we are all completely reliant on technology to run our businesses and our lives.

“And it just gets more and more interesting as we go,” he says.

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Beware the threat from within …

Hackers are becoming prolific, they are good, and they are often professionals working inside your organisation.

“They can make good money as hackers,” says Anyck Turgeon, cyber-resiliency and security evangelist at IBM. “For instance, crypto-mining is one activity that is going on at a ton of companies within organisations around the world.”

This might not be flagged as a security issue, but shows up in performance, Turgeon adds, so security professionals have to work with infrastructure and facilities people as well.

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