Cyber security: A failure of imagination by CEOs

Cyber security: A failure of imagination by CEOs

Global CEOs walk a fine line between risk and reward.

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Keeping data safe is no longer an afterthought at most organizations – whether it’s customer data, or IP or the more mundane data necessary to run the company. KPMG International recently surveyed over 1,200 chief executives from many of the world’s largest and most complex companies and discovered what keeps them awake at night. 

The most innovative companies have recognized that cyber security is a customer experience and revenue opportunity, not just a risk that needs to be managed. They are finding ways to turn cyber security preparedness into a competitive advantage rather than a cost, building security into new products and services at the design stage and realizing that cyber security is not an IT issue: it must work across the entire organization and the ecosystem.

This new report, a follow-up to the recently launched CEO Outlook Survey seeks to provide perspectives on the global cyber security landscape and track insights on the coming three years. 

Key findings

  • One out of five CEOs indicated that information security is the risk they are most concerned about.
  • CEOs are grappling with escalating competitive pressures and have concerns about the loyalty of their customers (86 percent), keeping pace with new technologies (72 percent) and the relevance of their product or service (66 percent) in the next three years.
  • CEOs who said they were not prepared for a future cyber security event are more likely to be increasing their headcount over the next three years, and half of them expect a skills gap to emerge over the same period.
  • Cyber security was seen as being the issue having the biggest impact on their company for nearly a third of the CEOs (29 percent).
  • Only half of the respondents had appointed a cyber security executive or team and two in ten (21 percent) with no plans to do so.
  • Only 37 percent of organizations who responded have upgraded current technologies.

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