How CIOs can navigate new cybersecurity threats posed by Gen AI and quantum computing

United Kingdom, Apr 29, 2024

If the last year showed us anything, it’s that we have ventured into a completely new age of technology. AI and quantum computing have developed quickly and, understandably, business leaders are keen to jump in and start utilising them to propel their business goals, across every sector.

It’s a challenge enough to know how to best implement this technology for your specific business needs, whilst at the same time these technological advancements are also being utilised by malicious actors who threaten the safety of your organisation.

In short: cybersecurity has become a bit of a battleground for most businesses. AI is providing criminals with the tools to make automated, targeted attacks and with quantum computing’s potential to dismantle current encryption standards, the stakes have never been higher. It's no wonder that, as we found in our latest CIO report, only 43% of CIOs feel fully equipped to handle another major security breach. So, where do you start?


1. Embracing Proactive Defence Strategies

In the face of these mounting cyber threats, CIOs know they must adopt proactive defence strategies to stay ahead of the curve. Rather than waiting for breaches to occur, organisations can leverage AI-driven solutions to anticipate and prevent potential threats in real time. By harnessing the predictive capabilities of AI, CIOs can bolster their cybersecurity posture and minimise the risk of costly breaches. These proactive measures not only enhance the organisation's resilience but also instil confidence among stakeholders in its ability to mitigate emerging threats effectively.


2. Navigating the Complex Landscape of Managed Security Services

As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, CIOs are confronted with the daunting task of navigating the complex array of managed security services. While internal teams play a crucial role in safeguarding the organisation's assets, outsourcing certain aspects of security to managed service partners can provide additional layers of much-needed protection. We understand that selecting the right partner requires careful consideration of factors such as expertise, scalability, and regulatory compliance. We work with businesses to forge a strategic partnership built on trust and collaboration and integrate ourselves in fully understanding their ambitions and security needs, so CIOs can effectively augment their internal capabilities and ensure comprehensive coverage against evolving cyber threats.


3. Balancing Security Priorities with Business Objectives

In our hyperconnected world, CIOs are tasked with striking a delicate and difficult balance between security priorities and business objectives. While robust cybersecurity measures are essential for safeguarding sensitive data and preserving the organisation's reputation, CIOs are also aware they shouldn’t stop the pursuit of innovation and growth – especially in such a competitive market. So, adopting a holistic approach that integrates security into the fabric of the organisation and aligning it with overarching business goals can help foster a culture of security awareness within the team. Working with an MSP can help you invest in employee education and training, and help you establish clear policies and procedures that outline expected employee behaviour and the handling of sensitive data. By taking a holistic approach to naturalising cybersecurity, organisations can create a culture where security is everyone's responsibility and an essential component of sustainable business success.


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