More than half of CIOs and network engineers cite cybersecurity as the top risk in digital transformation - The EE

More than half of CIOs and network engineers cite cybersecurity as the top risk in digital transformation

Gary Marks of Opengear

Edison, NJ, USA. 25 May 2022 – Network engineers and CIOs agree that cybersecurity issues pose the greatest risk to organisations that don’t put networks at the heart of their digital transformation plans. According to research commissioned by Opengear, a Digi International company, 53% of network engineers and 52% of CIOs who participated in the survey​in the US, UK, France, Germany and Australia include cybersecurity in their list of their biggest risks.

Concerns are fueled by an increasing number of cyberattacks. In fact, 61% of CIOs report an increase in cybersecurity attacks/breaches in 2020 and 2021 compared to the previous two years. For the digital transformation of networks, 70% of network engineers say security is their most important focus area and 31% say network security is their top priority in networks.

CIOs also understand the importance of issues. More than half (51%) of network engineers say their CIOs have consulted with them about investing in creating digital transformation plans, which is a top priority in the survey. Additionally, 41% of CIOs rate cybersecurity among their organisation’s top investment priorities for the next year, with 35% saying cybersecurity is among their top priorities for the next five years. In both cases, cybersecurity is above any other factor.

“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen the importance of cybersecurity skyrocket for businesses as employees shift to work remotely and cybercriminals step up their activities,” says Gary Marks, president of Opengear. “Forward-thinking companies understand these challenges and the importance of investing more in security and ensuring it is more integrated into their network fabric and digital transformation efforts.”

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