Cost savings, better safety drives adoption of emerging technologies


Senior technical managers expressed concern about whether their current infrastructure can adequately protect them.

Nearly 60% of senior technology managers stated that they will adopt emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud, edge and quantum computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics to improve network security.

ISACA’s latest research also shows that 73% of respondents said that expected cost savings are the driving force behind the adoption of these emerging technologies.

ISACA’s “Pulse: Emerging Technologies in 2021” report highlights 13 emerging technologies. About 53% of respondents said that they are running cloud-based technology, while other categories are far behind. For example, 22% of enterprises deploy AI, 21% of enterprises deploy IoT and 20% of enterprises deploy robots.

Dustin Brewer, ISACA’s senior director of emerging technologies and innovation, said that cost savings will account for a large proportion of senior executives over a period of time, especially those related to shareholders. Although he believes that network security will gradually become part of the corporate budget, the security team must convince the board members that spending on the network is the right choice.

“We have to involve every employee, every endpoint on the network, in the conversation about how the network saves money, because if we don’t have to pay a ransom of $4 million to the entity that installs the ransomware on the computer, it will save us 4 million dollars,” Brewer said.

ISACA’s research also found that 82% of respondents were at least somewhat worried about the ability of their current infrastructure to protect emerging technologies. In terms of AI and machine learning (ML) systems, 46% said they have little confidence in the company’s assessment of the security of these systems, 28% said they are very or very confident, and 26% said they No or no confidence. confident. When asked about security issues related to quantum computing, 68% of respondents said that quantum computing will break the encryption standard in the next five to seven years.

Respondents surveyed have mixed information about the deployment of emerging technologies: Although the vast majority of people said they did so because it would improve network security, 44% of respondents also said that network security risks would increase Their overall resistance to the deployment of new technologies. In addition, 72% of respondents said they are worried about the high cost of emerging technologies.

Brewer said this is largely due to the need for security experts to persuade the board to focus more on the Internet. But he pointed out that all the technologies involved in the research (except quantum computing) are all classical computing technologies based on the same systems used in the industry since the 1970s.

“When the Internet was created, it was not built with security in mind. It was built for communication and data sharing.” Brewer said. “Every time we build something new, we build on an insecure infrastructure. When we create a new protocol like HTTPS, every time you plug in a new system, your network becomes bigger , This is one thing you must ensure. So if you introduce AI and machine learning, it will add more complexity and network risk.”

Frank Dickson, vice president of IDC network security product research and practice, pointed out that whether new equipment makes the network vulnerable depends only on the technology and the company’s environment. He said that in some environments, emerging technologies may replace devices with obsolete and outdated operating systems that are highly vulnerable to attack. He said that emerging technologies established today pay more attention to the network integrity of equipment. On the contrary, some technologies may skip some steps to seize the first-mover advantage in the market without slowing down the consideration of safety.

Dixon said: “In fact, whether we care about it or not, there will be emerging technologies.” “Now, about 50% of IT expenditures are made by business line buyers in the name of digital transformation. Getting on the train or being run over by the train. ; Digital transformation does not mind. Emerging technologies will happen.”

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