Executives responsible for cyber security, survey says

Executives responsible for cyber security, survey says

A new study by cloud and virtualisation software and services firm VMWare has discovered that numerous employers in the UK feel that the board of directors should take responsibility for cyber security.

The company presented the research on how the board and staff had a traditionally tenuous relationship when it comes to securing data.

The study expresses the sentiments of 250 IT decision-makers and 500 office staff. Many believe that a company’s board and executive members need to be more concerned with cyber security.

Almost a third (29%) of those surveyed feel that responsibility should be assigned to the CEO when it comes to a significant breach. Over a third (38%) of office staff and 22% of bosses feel that the board should take full responsibility after a breach.

VMWare CTO Joe Baguley said that it is about ensuring that security is as simple for staff as possible. He added:

“Security is not just about technology. As the research shows, the decisions and behaviours of people will impact the integrity of a business.

“This can’t be about lockdown or creating a culture of fear. Smart organisations are enabling, not restricting, their employees – allowing them to thrive, adapt processes and transform operations to succeed.”

If boards decide to take more responsibility in protecting company data, one of the most effective and immediate actions they could take would be to create cyber security jobs. That way, they could allow them to get on with it without having to take up their time, leaving the board to get on with running the company.

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