What do leading CIOs need to know about cybersecurity to prepare for 2030?

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Cybersecurity is an increasingly critical issue for organisations, and CIOs play a key role in ensuring the security of their organisation's digital assets.

Reabetswe Rabaji, managing editor at CIO South Africa, had an interesting conversation with two cybersecurity experts in 2022, and one of them, Gerhard Swart, CTO at Performanta South Africa, was adamant that the best approach to cybersecurity was a proactive one, through security awareness campaigns, which he called a must.

“Every organisation should therefore have formal security awareness training,” he said, since these initiatives can play a critical role in preventing such attacks and teaching employees to be vigilant.

Boland Lithebe, security lead at Accenture Africa, said: “Cybersecurity must be by design and not be bolted on ─ for every new piece of technology introduced, security must be at the forefront.”

Now that we are nearly in the middle of a new year, Reabetswe wondered how much had changed as far as cybersecurity is concerned, and by that he meant, what kind of new innovative solutions CIOs had devised to be prepared for a threat, or at least to be able respond swiftly and decisively to when an attack does happen.

So he asked a guest author, ChatGPT, a very straightforward question: “What should CIOs be doing to prepare with regards to cybersecurity beyond 2023?”

Below is ChatGPT’s unedited response, and what the AI chatbot believes are the top considerations for CIOs, a couple of years from now:

  1. Cybersecurity Threats Will Continue to Evolve: Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and CIOs need to be aware of the latest threats and how to mitigate them. CIOs need to stay up-to-date on the latest threats, and be prepared to adjust their cybersecurity strategies as needed.

  2. Artificial Intelligence Will Play a Key Role in Cybersecurity: Artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly be used in cybersecurity to detect and respond to threats in real-time. CIOs should be aware of the latest developments in AI, and consider how it can be used to strengthen their organization’s cybersecurity defenses.

  3. Cybersecurity Will Be Increasingly Integrated into Business Strategy: Cybersecurity will increasingly be integrated into business strategy, and CIOs will need to work closely with other business leaders to ensure that cybersecurity is a key consideration in all decision-making. CIOs should be prepared to communicate the importance of cybersecurity to other business leaders, and help them understand how it can impact the organization’s overall success.

  4. Security by Design Will Be Essential: Security by design will become increasingly important, with security considerations integrated into the design of new systems and applications. CIOs need to ensure that their organization’s development processes include security considerations from the outset.

  5. Cybersecurity Talent Will Be in High Demand: As cybersecurity becomes more important, the demand for cybersecurity talent will increase. CIOs need to be prepared to attract and retain top cybersecurity talent, and to provide ongoing training and development to keep their team up-to-date on the latest threats and mitigation strategies.

Overall, leading CIOs need to stay up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats and trends, and be prepared to adjust their cybersecurity strategies to keep pace with evolving threats. They need to be aware of the latest developments in AI and security by design, and work closely with other business leaders to ensure that cybersecurity is integrated into business strategy. Finally, they need to be prepared to attract and retain top cybersecurity talent in a competitive market.

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