Dell Survey Reveals Security Teams Can Better Enable Digital Transformation Initiatives if Engaged Early in Business Planning
Dell today announced results of a global Digital Transformation Security Survey that shows digital transformation is a fast-growing reality in business. Results reveal that security often is seen as a barrier to digital transformation, therefore brought into the process too late to make a meaningful impact. However, respondents recognized that security teams can serve as enablers in helping the business adopt digital technologies when included early in the planning process. Ninety-seven percent of respondents say they are investing in digital technologies including mobile, cloud applications, cloud infrastructures and IoT. While only 18 percent say security has been involved in all of their digital transformation initiatives, 85 percent say that if security teams are included earlier in the project ‒ and many admit they currently are not ‒ security can better enable those initiatives.
Ninety-six percent of survey respondents say securing digital technologies poses challenges including lack of resources, risk of a security breach, finding the right balance between security and employee productivity, and loss of control. Interestingly, survey results also showed that while 85 percent of respondents said business users always or sometimes view security teams as a barrier and leave them out of a digital transformation project, the same percentage recognize these teams actually could be digital transformation enablers if brought into the project at the right time.
Additional key findings include:
The Right Security Strategies Enable Businesses to Advance Digital Maturity
Security teams often have been perceived as barriers to the business’s seamless adoption of new technologies because keeping the business secure trumps the benefits of technologies that foster employee productivity. Today’s sophisticated, constantly morphing threat landscape makes it critical for organizations to evaluate their approach to security and ensure it spans not just the business, but also the devices accessing it and the practices used to enable that access. Below are tips and strategies to help organizations change the perception of security teams from ‘stumbling blocks’ to enablers of digital transformation:
In the survey, fielded by Dimensional Research, 631 IT decision-makers with responsibility for security responded to questions on the impact of digital transformation on security teams. The survey was conducted across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and the Nordic countries, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Results revealed a significant level of adoption of key digital technologies, clear business drivers, and expected future growth and investment in digital transformation. Multiple business drivers were identified, with increased employee productivity and business growth topping the list, and respondents said investments in digital technologies will continue to grow in the coming year. IoT is expected to be the technology with the most new adoption in the future, with 55 percent reporting plans to adopt these technologies. Business drivers for adoption of digital technologies varied by region:
"Organizing for digital transformation is not merely picking 'the structure du jour' but instead matching structures to digital transformation goals and the characteristics of the existing organization."1John Milburn, vice president and general manager, One Identity Products
1 "Organizing for Digital Transformation: Emerging Structures and Approaches," by Marc Strohlein, February, 2016
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