Davos focus on cyber security must be matched by action, says KPMG

Davos focus on cyber security must be matched by action

Phillip Hodgins, a principal advisor at KPMG reacts to the publication of a report published by the World Economic Forum that estimates a $3 trillion cost to the global economy if cyber security is not taken seriously

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Reacting to the publication of a report published by the World Economic Forum that estimates a $3 trillion cost to the global economy if cyber security is not taken seriously, Phillip Hodgins, a Principal Advisor at KPMG, argues that instilling fear in international businesses is counter-productive.

He says: “Companies are constantly embracing new technologies and digital platforms to improve efficiency and customer experience.  Understanding the risks that come with these ambitions is important, but there is a very real risk that innovation can be stifled by fear if business leaders are bombarded by messages of doom.

“It is a mark of the collective progress made by governments and corporate IT teams over the past 12 months that cyber security is now a Boardroom concern.  Yet, for it to stay that way, executives need a clear understanding of its relevance to their own organisation. That way the right decisions can be made, and appropriate steps taken to better manage the risk.

“Managing cyber risk should be about what you can do, not what you can’t. Too often security measures are seen as restrictive. Organisations that regularly review their cyber risk exposure and understand the link to their business objectives, can feel free to benefit from a more efficient investment in security and continue to grow market confidence and trust.”

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