A CISO’s list of responsibilities never gets any shorter. Prioritizing which tools and capabilities should be invested in is one of a CISO’s core responsibilities. We asked 90 CISOs and Directors of Cybersecurity which initiatives they will be directing their attention to in 2021.
Securing their remote workforce is the top priority
94% of cybersecurity executives declared that their remote workforce’s security was a priority. This comes as no surprise given 2020’s massive shift towards working from home. It also underscores the continued importance of WFH, with many organizations embracing hybrid models or creating contingencies for clearing the office in the future.
Extended detection and response
81% of those questioned consider XDR a priority. Reducing long dwell times remains at the forefront of CISOs concerns. Operators and strategists alike want to be able to nullify those threats as quickly as possible.
Cloud security management
81% declared that cloud security management is urgent. The great cloud migration continues, but its security concerns remain. Organizations want to ensure that the various cloud services used are not exposing them to potential threats, vulnerabilities, or 3rd party risks.
Expanding Threat Visibility to All Assets
77% of CISOs plan to prioritize threat visibility to all asset types. IoT devices, containers, servers, bring-your-own-device policies, and others are increasing, each bringing new vulnerabilities and expanding the threat surface area. Strategists are keen to monitor potential threats on all these devices.
70% of the cybersecurity professionals realize the fundamental importance of measuring compromise in real time. The modern strategist knows that the output of their cybersecurity system is its level of compromise: an indicator of the health of their system. By monitoring this crucial output, they can tell which tools are underperforming and where additional investments are needed.