How to implement a successful security plan

Creating and implementing a robust security plan is more important than ever for CIOs across the UK

The hybrid nature of the CIO role can mean you're spread pretty thin, but you will be expected to deliver on both business and security initiatives. 

Digital transformation and innovation are what most CIOs strive for, and it's these kinds of projects that tend to put cyber security on the back burner. Often, security plans can lag behind revenue-based initiatives. 

However, security should be built into the culture of an organisation, and that should be felt all the way through the implementation of a security plan. 

Every business should consider putting a security strategy in place to avoid becoming vulnerable to risks, and it is also important to make sure that all staff are aware of all the ins and outs.

In organisations that don't have a CISO or security executive, that job falls to the CIO.

Kier Group CIO Duncan Scott told CIO UK: "The CIO must own the IT and security strategy and communicate it well enough to the business executives that they are able to make informed decisions. The CISO doesn't have to do that. The CISO has to implement the technical and people components of the strategy."

So whether you're thinking about it, or are in the middle of a security plan implementation, you should read our top tips.

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