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IT Security: Leadership Guide — The CIO's Role in Protecting the Enterprise from Cyberattacks

IT Security: Leadership Guide — The CIO's Role in Protecting the Enterprise from Cyberattacks

This IDC study explores the expanding role of the chief information officer (CIO) with respect to cybersecurity. The increasing importance of cybersecurity is elevating the policy-making roles of the CIO, from managing IT operations to guiding the transformation of work functions as an inseparable part of a digitally managed business. This document explores the CIO's role in overhauling systems configurations and instituting changes in user behavior. It explores the need to create a control center to capture deviations before they infect the organization. This document advises boards of directors and CIOs and their senior staff about essential changes in enterprise security practices and how the CIO must lead in instituting them.

"What should the role of the CIO be in steering the policies and directions of information security?" says Dr. Paul Strassmann, adjunct research advisor with IDC's Research Network. "It is IDC's position that unified accountability for cybersecurity should be vested in the position of the CIO, who ranks at the top executive level of an enterprise."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
IT Executive Program Research Agenda
Situation Overview
Management Role in Preventing Cyberattacks
The Need for Disciplined Oversight
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
In the Next 6–18 Months
Beyond the Next 18 Months
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Related Research
Table: IT Executive Program Research Agenda Themes

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