Digital Growth Exposes Firms to Complexity and Threats

Infosecurity Magazine | January 30, 2019

Digital transformation is exposing organizations to greater IT complexity and cyber-risk, according to new global research from Thales eSecurity. The security vendor polled 1200 execs with responsibility for IT and data security in nine countries around the world to compile its 2019 Thales Data Threat Report. It found that over a third (39%) class themselves as belonging to one of the two most advanced digital transformation categories defined by report author IDC. This means they’re either “aggressively disrupting” markets or embedding digital into the enterprise to become more agile. Nearly all (97%) admitted they will use sensitive data in these emerging technologies. This is a major risk, given that traditional corporate network perimeters are a thing of the past as more fluid cloud and mobile technologies dominate. It’s also a concern given that these new digital platforms can add greater complexity, according to the vendor. For example, 40% of firms polled are using multiple cloud platforms across SaaS, PaaS and IaaS models.

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Cyber security for nuclear power plants in the U.S. got its start as an industry best practice. Subsequent  to the attacks of 9/11, many aspects of U.S. security were bolstered. Nuclear power plants were considered among the most critical of critical infrastructure assets and therefore in need of additional security. Industry efforts were noteworthy and significant progress was made. Nevertheless, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) determined that industry efforts were insufficient and published a new cyber security rule in 2009 and cyber security guidance in 2010.

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Cyber security for nuclear power plants in the U.S. got its start as an industry best practice. Subsequent  to the attacks of 9/11, many aspects of U.S. security were bolstered. Nuclear power plants were considered among the most critical of critical infrastructure assets and therefore in need of additional security. Industry efforts were noteworthy and significant progress was made. Nevertheless, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) determined that industry efforts were insufficient and published a new cyber security rule in 2009 and cyber security guidance in 2010.

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