There’s an interesting moment in a report on the current state of cyber security leadership from International Business Machines Corp (IBM).
For those who haven’t seen it yet, the report identifies growing concerns over cyber security with almost 60 percent of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) saying the sophistication of attackers is outstripping the sophistication of their organization’s defenses.
But as security leaders and their organizations attempt to fight what many feel is a losing battle against hackers and other cyber criminals, there is growing awareness that greater collaboration is necessary.
Consider this: some 62 percent of security leaders strongly agreed that the risk level to their organization was increasing due to the number of interactions and connections with customers, suppliers and partners.
Despite this widespread interconnectivity that drives modern business, security leaders themselves aren’t sufficiently collaborative, IBM says.
Just 42 percent of organizations that IBM interviewed are members of a formal industry-related security group. However, 86 percent think those groups will become more necessary in the next three to five years.
Instead of focusing on just their own organizations, security leaders need to take a “secure the ecosystem” approach, IBM concludes.
A sidebar highlights one company’s experience and approach to collaboration and how the key to being more secure is being more open.
For some practical strategies to address cyber risk in your business check out this I.I.I. presentation.