13 Aug 2020
Early this year, we posted an overview of threats and technologies to look out for in 2020. But no one could have predicted what was to come in the months that followed, and now, organizations worldwide are re-evaluating their priorities—starting with cybersecurity. This Tuesday, Hitachi ID published “Top IT Budget Priorities Through 2020,” based on a recent survey of 131 high-level IT security executives. Their findings paint a picture of a working world made remote by the COVID-19 pandemic, where long-term cybersecurity priorities have shifted for 70% of respondents since the start of the year. In fact, 89% of respondents cited cybersecurity as a top priority for the rest of the year. Close on its heels was remote enablement, cited as the top priority by 82% of respondents, followed by improving customer experience, and making strides in moving company data to cloud services. Cybersecurity has always been an essential aspect of the modern-day organization, but history has shown it is often neglected in favor of more “material” projects with immediately visible results. As a consequence, system vulnerabilities go un-patched, data in company cloud servers remains unsecured, and employees put themselves at serious risk for social engineering schemes. Now, transitioning to remote work has driven company executives to examine their digital environments, and what exactly is there to keep them safe.