Balancing Innovation and Cybersecurity

Dateline: January 19, 2018

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Balancing innovation and cybersecurity can be a challenge.  Product design prioritization means that that difficult decisions have to be made about what to include in the design, and often cybersecurity is not above the cut line.  Recently, TechTarget interviewed Alissa Johnson, the CISO of Xerox Corp.  In that interview, she was asked about the balance between innovation and cybersecurity.

How do you strike the right balance between innovation and cybersecurity?

Johnson: I think we’re in an age now where the CISO and the security group have to be able to enable. Technology is an enabler, of course, but security is the differentiator. And so we have to be able to speak in terms of risk, speak in terms of risk mitigation, and so I think that’s how you strike the right balance. You allow a company to be able to innovate, but you have to be able to talk about risk and risk mitigation, and that’s data risk and enterprise risk, as well.

How does your company balance investment in innovation with investment in cybersecurity? How can cybersecurity be a differentiator for your company?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend.

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