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TOP Priorities of a CISO in 2020

Updated: Mar 19

In this new era of work, CISO priorities have changed rapidly; we have witnessed a dramatic shift towards the security professionals. The times of antiquated values are long gone, where businesses found difficulties of security and promotion of little significance. There are discussions regarding the responsibilities of a CISO in adapting their organizations. Most of them worry that they will experience a data infringement in the cloud, whereas others prefer to avoid protection in the hope of gaining access to cloud agility and speed. Either way, the cloud is carelessly dependent on reactivity and analysis to thrive in this new age.



Control of changing identity

The transition to remote workers is one of the most dramatic changes we saw in 2020. Almost all CISOs have struggled in this new and obscure community for "end-to-end visibility." Managers calling for fast shifts to bring workers to work refused to consider the safety effects of such a quick move. The big gap between the rate of cloud adoption and the correct protection implementation to suit these new workers is why cloud configuration infringements continue to be customary. Because of the cloud, identities are the new parameter in modern businesses.


These approaches provide a protected place but require an additional investment in the tools like firewalls and other portals. It also requires considerable workday expenditure in policy preparation so that their model isn't counterproductive for the employees.



Last Privileged Security of Properties

Numerous CISOs have resumed using the zero-confidence model, with increasing data infringement.

The cloud transition enables CISOs to dispose of legacy systems on the premises. Several people are keen on creating cloud protection right from day one without zero trust is an enormous part of it. Default access based on the roles is limited to zero confidence. It guarantees users who they think they are and that before they log in, their devices meet fair safety requirements, but it's not enough. CISOs must take this further by gaining and retaining less privileged status.




Staying tuned to the variations

"The CISO position is all about the remote users securing," says JonOltsik, Senior Principal Analyst, Fellow, and ESG Research Founder. As mentioned earlier, however, this is also the reason why the CISOs are more occupied than ever before.


The executives' mandate was to initiate and operate employees first and then discuss security. For years, CISOs have been battling against "bolt-on" security cycles, but the virus has forced security teams to catch up. It includes on-the-fly risk management, change monitoring, and a lot of work in conjunction with IT and networking teams. Trusted vendors are requesting help from CISOs.


Change of priorities for CISO

CISOs face new challenges every year in terms of security, which demands them to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. In addition to business continuity, CISO and security teams have a significant function, which ensures that existing and future policies on telecommunications and WFH do not build barriers to usability and security. These threats will continue to drive the CISO goals for 2020, which are more and more diverse.