Security is recognized as one of the biggest obstacles to digital transformation today, and CISOs are feeling the pain, delegates of Fortinet's Accelerate 18 event in Las Vegas, Nevada heard today.
During a keynote, Patrice Perche, Fortinet's SVP of worldwide sales and support, said customers are no longer coming to security technology players just for technology, but are, in fact, looking for new approaches to support new business models.
However, successful digital transformation requires enterprises to overcome key security challenges, Perche said, pointing to need to protect data, extend IT security to operational technology networks and address compliance as part of a broader risk management strategy, as well as for flexible consumption models for hybrid in multi-cloud environments.
He also pointed to the growing threat landscape, which he said requires not only real-time security and automation, but human skills.
"Now security goes beyond technology; the human element is critical to the success. It takes collaboration. Cyber security's become too big of an issue for anyone to solve alone," he said.
At the forefront of these challenges are CISOs. Perche said these executives' problems continue growing thanks to issues like security infrastructure complexity and an expanding attack surface.
CISOs are also weighed down by shadow IT, the security skills shortage, threat sophistication, accelerated attack propagation and CapEx/OpEx management, Perche pointed out.
He emphasized that data, including agility, analytics and automation, are at the center of customers' digital transformation and have, therefore, become the most important asset to protect.
"[With] the complexity of the networks, the worldwide skills shortage [and] the increasing pressure from the business side, CISOs must become business enablers, not just technology experts. And the effects of CISO will keep growing… All those pressure points no organization cans successfully answer alone. It takes a full ecosystem in order to [solve] the cyber security puzzle."
Relevant to ecosystems, Fortinet today announced the addition of 11 partners to its Fabric-Ready partner program launched in 2016 - BackBox, CyberArk, CyGlass, Hughes Network Systems, IBM Security, McAfee, Micro Focus, NEC Corporation, Phantom, ServiceNow and VMware - bringing the total roster count to 42.
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