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CISO priorities in 2013: BYOD and social networking?

Jan 08, 20132 mins
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Research firm IDC believes 2013 is the year security will get a handle on BYOD policy, and will find a way to channel social networking in a secure but strategic way. Do you agree?

As I’ve mentioned previously in Leading Edge, prediction stories don’t really get my attention too often. But I am interested in a release I received this week from market-intelligence firm IDC (a sister company to IDG Enterprise, which publishes CSO), particularly because it delves into what they believe will priorities specific to CSOs and CISOs in the coming year.

IDC is hosting a free web conference tomorrow, January 9th, at 11am EST. Titled “IDC’s 2013 Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Predictions: Securing the Expanding Walls of an Enterprise,” it will feature Chris Christiansen, Program Vice President, Security Products and Services, who will discuss how the growth of BYOD strategies, cloud deployments and social media have changed the scope and size of the enterprise and, therefore, the span of security strategies.

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“Securing the enterprise has taken on a whole new meaning and requires a new set of information technology tools,” according to Christiansen.

Among the predictions IDC is making, Christiansen believes the following trends will have an impact on the CISO role in the coming year:

Prediction #1: CISOs will get agreement with the C-suite about BYOD security policy

“This year, we predict CISOs will arrive at a BYOD security policy that strikes a balance between user freedom and protection of corporate assets. The next generation of mobile security will “containerize” corporate and consumer apps, data, and access. By blending MDM and MAM (Mobile Applications Management), IT can categorize corporate apps, data, and access and containerize these elements. IT will just control the corporate portion of the device, leaving the consumer portion unencumbered.”

Prediction #2: CISOs will organize corporate social networking activities that are driven by customer experience, brand identity, return on value, and security.

If you’re interested in hearing more, you can register for the web cast here:

What do you think of these “predictions”? Do either of them touch upon priorities you’re planning for 2013?