Zero trust is a priority in 2024 as threats evolve and companies adopt a trust-no-one default stance.

We believe that moving forward in a modern digital environment demands an evolved focus on cyber resilience such that the ability to quickly detect, respond to, and resolve cyber incidents becomes a business-as-usual activity. In the latest installment of our ongoing series of conversations with CIOs, we convened a distinguished group representing a diverse cross section of industries to discuss the state of cybersecurity and how they are working to mitigate the impact of cyber incidents and protect their organizations [KPMG, 2024].

Entering the era of generative AI-enabled security

Deloitte’s report highlights the pivotal role of generative AI (Gen AI) and Large Language Models (LLMs) in enhancing cybersecurity efforts. Amid escalating cyber threats, traditional security measures are outpaced, necessitating advanced solutions. Gen AI offers comprehensive threat detection, system architecture optimization, and addresses talent shortages, fundamentally transforming cybersecurity operations. With the ability to intuitively interface with data, Gen AI serves as a bridge across datasets, empowering analysts with new methods for threat identification and management, thereby augmenting the cybersecurity landscape [Deloitte, 2023].

A human-led and tech-enabled cybersecurity function

PwC’s report emphasizes building a human-led and tech-enabled cybersecurity function essential in today’s digital landscape. With 60% of business leaders in Saudi Arabia acknowledging exposure to cyber risks, the document outlines strategies for aligning cybersecurity with business needs, eliminating overlaps with IT, developing cybersecurity processes, and fostering a security-driven culture. It advocates for a tailored technology blueprint to safeguard against evolving threats while embracing innovation securely. [PwC]

Ten key regulatory challenges of 2024

KPMG’s report outlines the ten pivotal regulatory challenges for 2024, focusing on areas such as IT governance, third-party risk, fraud, ESG, and operating in a high interest rate environment. It emphasizes the necessity for firms to adapt to evolving cybersecurity threats, privacy regulations, and the increasing importance of ESG considerations. The report suggests a proactive approach to these challenges, advocating for enhanced governance frameworks, risk management practices, and regulatory compliance to navigate the complex landscape​​.

The CISO’s guide to generative AI

Deloitte’s guide emphasizes the transformative potential of generative AI (GenAI) in cybersecurity, enhancing threat detection, automating reporting, and guiding organizational strategy. Highlighting both opportunities and challenges, it stresses the importance of integrating GenAI responsibly within cybersecurity frameworks. The report advocates for a balance between embracing GenAI’s capabilities and mitigating associated risks, offering insights on how GenAI can strengthen cybersecurity postures [Deloitte, 2024].

Future of the SOC: Evolution or optimization—Choose your path

Deloitte’s 2024 report explores the strategic crossroads facing Security Operations Centers (SOCs), offering two paths: optimizing current systems for improved efficiency or undergoing transformational change to embrace automation and AI. Highlighting the challenges of tool proliferation and evolving cyber threats, it guides organizations on choosing based on budget, risk tolerance, and technical capabilities, stressing the importance of continuous adaptation in cybersecurity practices [Deloitte, 2024].

The Evolution of Cybersecurity

Jeff, with over 15 years of experience in technology leadership, shares his transition from software engineering to a key role in cybersecurity. His perspectives on digital transformation and the evolution of cybersecurity are enlightening.

Leading with security: Cloud-powered businesses make security a priority

PwC’s March 2024 report reveals that cloud-powered businesses, those deeply integrated with cloud technology, exhibit enhanced cyber postures and outperform in growth compared to their counterparts. Emphasizing advanced cloud security practices and the importance of cybersecurity skills, it highlights the challenge of cloud risk management amid a global cybersecurity talent shortage [PwC March 2024].

From Soldier to Security Leader

Craig’s extraordinary career spans over 15 years, beginning with military service and transitioning into the cybersecurity realm. He shares his unique path and passion for identity access management, highlighting its vital role in today’s digital landscape.

Sustainability and Cybersecurity: The Unexpected Dynamic Duo of the Energy Transition

Sustainability and cybersecurity are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. Sustainability is tangible. By contrast, nearly all cybersecurity solutions fall into the background of our daily lives.

Pushing the Perimeter

The pandemic changed billions of lives in many ways. Overnight, company networks moved from a centralised corporate space, protected by layers of firewalls, anti-virus software and hardware to employees’ kitchen tables and home broadband.

How Geopolitics Impacts the Cyber-Threat Landscape

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in early 2022, coordinated cyber attacks have emerged as part of the offensive, impacting organizations both in these countries and worldwide.

Engines of Engagement
How digital and IT leaders are evolving customer personalization securely

Organizations are increasingly seeking to offer customers compelling personalized services. However, issues like high-profile data breaches, overly intrusive digital marketing, and inaccurate customer assumptions resulting from poor data handling can all cause customer dissatisfaction and damage reputation.

Gartner Unveils the Top Eight Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022-23

Analysts Explore the Future of Cybersecurity at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, June 21-22 in Sydney

The future of digital engagement in an age of compliance

Truly knowing the customer is key to marketing success today. And it’s not just about knowing their name, but understanding their true identity. The technology that makes this possible is known as customer identity and access management (CIAM).

Incentives are key to breaking the cycle of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure

The path to protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattack may lie not through new technology, but through a better understanding and shaping of incentives

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