What is security’s role in digital transformation?


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What is security’s role in digital transformation?

Digital transformation is front of mind for many senior executives, but too often security is left behind.

Digital transformation is front of mind for many senior executives, but too often security is left behind.

Digital transformation (DX) is about digitizing processes and services so businesses can be more agile and operate more efficiently, from delivering customer service to improving processes with supply chain partners. It is the marketing team that wants to transform how it promotes product, the HR division that wishes to improve recruitment, and the IT team that wants to iterate online services in an instant.

To initiate a DX project, organizations need to bring together people, process and technology in the planning and strategy phase, offering them an opportunity to see where technologies like data analytics, internet of things (IoT), mobile and social can make a difference. However, many believe that information security is too often left out of the loop.

The rise in data breach and vulnerability figures has led some to suggest that security-less digital transformation leaves organizations at greater risk.

Traditional security approaches designed for maximum control will no longer work in the new era of digital innovation. Existing DX projects often fall down because they involve security late or not at all.

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Richard Spangenberg

About the Author: Richard Spangenberg, CEO and Executive Director of Digital Directorship & board member at several companies, is a senior c-suite level executive, innovative strategic marketing leader, and digital/big data/AI specialist familiar with digital transformation, cybersecurity, startups, and social media integration to existing programs.