CISOs Need More Control As CIOs Lose Control Of IT

First it was the “consumerization of IT” around 2009, followed by cloud computing, SaaS, BYOD, and mobile computing. In aggregate, these trends are truly leading to an environment where IT is losing control. Devices, personal productivity software, business applications, and file servers have taken on a life of their own.

On balance this is a good thing – employees become more productive, capital costs decrease, new applications improve communications, etc. Of course these are great business benefits but they create one big Excedrin headache for CISOs. Diminished IT control leads to grey areas and blind spots. It’s hard to add strong security when you have little understanding of what’s going on.

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