CIOs and CISOs to focus on threat intelligence

Chief Information Officers (CIO), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other senior IT leaders will increasingly deploy threat intelligence-based solutions in their enterprise networks over the next three years, according to a new report.

The ‘2015 Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity report', sponsored by Raytheon and carried out by the Ponemon Institute, surveyed 1,006 CIOs, CISOs and senior IT managers and found that this threat intelligence will be among the key technologies deployed in enterprise networks by 2018, with encryption at rest and in motion, big data analytics, SIEM and automated forensics tools also expected to be integrated. In addition, IT leaders will look to transition to next-generation web-app firewalls and sandboxing technologies.

But the report also once again highlighted IT concerns over disconnect with the board, the risks from insiders, the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and complex nation-state level attacks.

“The research covered a range of trends related to an organisation's ability to protect itself from cyber-threats and attacks. Some of the areas addressed in this report are: the critical disconnect between CISOs and senior leadership, insider negligence, the Internet of Things, adoption of new technologies such as big data analytics, predictions of increases in nation state attacks and advanced persistent threats and the dearth of cyber-talent,” the report said.

On a slightly more encouraging note, the study reveals that senior executives will consider cyber-security as a competitive advantage, while increased training will be given to reduce data breaches as a result of human error.