3 Takeaways from the Gartner 2020 Security & Risk Management Summit

Security and Risk Management

The Gartner 2020 Security & Risk Management Summit Americas drew 4,000 information security and network security attendees and focused on “Balancing Risk, Trust and Opportunity in an Uncertain World.” This theme aptly reflects our times as we live through a pandemic that has dramatically accelerated digital transformation while increasing cyberthreats and security risk across this extended digital footprint.

This year’s conference was like no other. The entire event was virtual, which made it easy to watch sessions while still doing one’s day job, but we still missed the anticipation of the darkened room before the keynote, having cocktails with the analysts we’ve known for so many years and swapping cybersecurity tips with infosec pros.

Gartner made a big shift in its content this year to focus sessions on the actions you can take now to address security and risk concerns versus the focus of previous conferences on past surveys and future predictions. If you missed the summit, here are a few of the top takeaways and recommended actions for security professionals and chief information security officers (CISOs).

Takeaway: Increasing Digital Capabilities Can Help Ensure Resilience

Resilience, as defined by NIST, is “the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.” According to Khushbu Pratap, Principal Research Analyst, risk mitigation priorities have changed since the pandemic began, and to ensure resiliency and business continuity, “77% of CEOs plan to increase investment in digital capabilities.” Pratap noted that now is the time to act to drive resiliency by reconsidering your 2020 goals and budget, prioritizing the urgency of digital transformation and avoiding distraction. She suggests focusing on three things to accomplish your security risk management goals: first, determine decision accountability, second rationalize your efforts and focus areas, and third increase (Read more...)

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