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A new breed of information security leader

The hyper-connected era and what it means for CIOs and CISOs

Every day, new streams of information flow into corporations, powering up-to-the-minute analysis and smarter decisions. Employees, customers and contractors are all connected as never before, across a multitude of technologies. This hyper-connected era is new ground for many organizations.

These sprawling and overlapping networks pose daunting security challenges. The complexity is dizzying, the possible points of attack nearly limitless. CIOs and CISOs are grappling with growing frustrations—and questions.

From crisis to confidence

2011 was the year of the security breach.1 And while many security organizations remain in crisis response mode, some security leaders have moved to take a more proactive position, taking steps to reduce future risk. These leaders see their organizations as more mature in their security-related capabilities and better prepared to meet new threats. What have they done to create greater confidence? More importantly, can their actions show the way forward for others?

Read the 2012 report

In the 2012 report, IBM identified three types of security leaders: influencers, protectors and responders.

Security Essentials for CIOs: enable innovation and manage risk

In this series, IBM examines what it will take to expand the role of information security to confront the challenges facing enterprises today.

  • Securing the extended enterprise

    Your enterprise must take vigorous steps to keep the entire information ecosystem secure. No matter where your data goes, or who uses it, the challenge is to keep it safe. Read the paper for some best practices.

  • Ensuring a more secure future

    Concluding this series, read about three challenges driving the future of security. As we become instrumented, intelligent, and interconnected security must be built in from the very beginning.

1 IBM X-Force 2011 Full Year Trend and Risk Report.