Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 41

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// social media presence – so close collaboration between IT and marketing is essential. If CIOs are to take their seat in the boardroom and become a central part of developing and delivering business strategy, their role must evolve.” the CIO today extends far beyond just managing the systems and processes, to safe-guarding confidential data – making the elevation of their security role ever more critical. Storing sensitive personal data is practically unavoidable. Meanwhile, Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab Africa, says that, because businesses are becoming more digital, the role of the CIO is changing. “According to a report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B international, 88% of businesses in the META region collect and store their customers’ personally identifiable information. Moreover, in today’s increasingly complex environment, new regulations like GDPR mean that storing personal information comes with compliance risks too. “Not only are they responsible for uncovering new ways to drive innovation while bringing the right information to the boardroom table for transformation, but they are also responsible for the security of that information.” “If we consider that businesses are gathering an immense amount of data, the role of “When a data breach strikes, the damage can reach further than a business’ finances, reputation, and customer privacy. A breach can also severely impact the careers of FEATURE: STATE OF THE CIO Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab Africa INTELLIGENTCIO 41