Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 29 | Page 51

EDITOR’S BASSAM AL MASRI, DIRECTOR OF CHANNEL, DISTRIBUTION AND OEM – METI AT NUTANIX 29Q&A Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen Digital Transformation significantly affect the ways businesses expand their reach, capabilities and customer engagement. They know that technology is core to their strategy no matter the industry. For most companies, one of the first things standing in the way of their digitisation journey is the question of security. A Cisco report identified that 71% of executives have concerns over cybersecurity impeding innovation in their organisations, while nearly 40% have halted mission- INTELLIGENT INTELLIGENT TECH CHANNELS TECH CHANNELS Issue critical initiatives due to cybersecurity issues and 69% are reluctant to innovate in areas such as digital products and services because of the perceived cybersecurity risks. Companies which implement security well know that differentiating their business through secure technology becomes a business advantage and the foundation for continued innovation. That’s why the first digital imperative is that the best digital offence starts with the best security defence. The Internet was built on the idea of openness – getting more things on rather than keeping them off. Today, devices and people are coming online at an unprecedented scale. By 2021, more than one million IoT devices will come online every hour of every day. As a result, points of threat entry are constantly changing and expanding every time a new ‘thing’ comes onto the network. As the attack surface increases and the stakes grow, the number of threat actors is increasing as well and their level of sophistication is evolving quickly. Cyberthreats have changed dramatically in the past decade in terms of sophistication and volume. That change has been driven by two factors: organisations becoming more connected through the Internet of Things (IoT) and cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated and more organised. Five to 10 years ago, the c-suite really didn’t have a relationship or a dialogue with the information security team or leader. But that is all changing. Companies need an architecture that is able to keep threats out and for the most advanced threats that can sometimes evade defences, minimise time to detection and remediation. And they need to move away from point solutions – the vendor buffet of products not designed to fit or work together – to an integrated approach that works seamlessly across their entire organisation and across their network, endpoints and cloud. Digital Transformation requires a strong cybersecurity foundation. With this foundation, companies will have the confidence to implement digital processes and technologies that fuel innovation and growth. Without it, companies may hesitate to start digital projects, stifling their innovation potential and opening the door to digital disruptors. • 51