Why choose between safety and innovation?
According to a study by Forrester Consulting for VMware, cybersecurity is often seen as a hindrance to innovation. A postulate certainly, but also an error.
While digital is a key driver of innovation and differentiation in the customer experience today, users can’t stand security flaws. However, “61% of IT teams and 52% of development teams believe that cybersecurity policies are detrimental to their ability to innovate” according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting for VMware. Worse: 22% of developers say they know the security policies to follow and 27% of respondents take no part in decisions about these policies.
However, 53% of respondents expect a rapprochement between security and development teams in the next two or three years and 42% expect cybersecurity to increase its role. Such a rapprochement is seen as a way for companies to avoid operating in silos (71% of respondents), to create more secure applications (70%), and to adopt new workflows and technologies in a more agile way. (66%).
Different priorities according to the teams
Unfortunately, the priorities of the teams are different from those of the customers. For example, IT and security teams consider operational efficiency to be their top priority (52%). Developers rank improving the user experience (50%) as a top priority, while the latter is only the fourth highest priority for IT (43%) and security (40%). Additionally, more than half (51%) of InfoSec teams make breach prevention their second priority. These alignment issues are believed to be the cause of silos and hinder collaboration between departments (60% of respondents), increase the risk of cybersecurity breaches (57%), and slow down the production of new applications (40%).