The Global State of Information Security Survey 2017: Have your say

The Global State of Information Security Survey 2017: Have your say

New Zealand business executives have until 6 May, to participate in this global research by CIO, CSO and PwC.

Adrian van Hest of PwC
Adrian van Hest of PwC

The 2017 Global State of Information Security Survey is now open until 6 May.

The annual report aims to understand how executives and industry leaders view current and future challenges facing the information security industry. It is produced by CIO, CSO and PwC.

To take the survey please visit:

Each respondent completing the survey will receive a copy of the results summary report. This valuable tool can help organisations measure their security initiatives against peers and provide insight into the current state of information security practices and challenges.

Survey results will be available online at and

You can also read the 2016 report from CIO New Zealand and PwC NZ

The responses to the survey are completely confidential; respondents and their organisations will not be identified. All responses will be generalised across survey parameters such as company size, industry, and gross revenues.

For the 2016 survey, more than 10,000 respondents across the globe, including 102 business and technology executives from New Zealand, participated.

The 2016 report noted how the growth of the digital economy has spurred the need for cybersecurity to be higher on every organisation’s radar.

“Digital business models are coming in that require you to be more agile and catch up,” says Adrian van Hest, cyber practice leader at PwC New Zealand.

“What drives the need and the trend for cybersecurity to become more of an issue is the fact most organisations are still going digital at a great pace. They are moving more of their capability to the cloud, to digitise their data, their processes, to re-shape their business models.

“All of these drivers mean technology is becoming more important to these organisations. Their dependence on them is greater and therefore, their risk is greater, particularly as they rush to adopt that change.”

Going digital, he says, presents a raft of opportunities for organisations. These include leveraging the economies of the cloud and doing data analytics that provide better insights for engaging with customers.

But he points out a holistic approach is needed as organisations move into digital platforms and channels.

“Opportunity and risks are two sides of the same coin. You just have to be mindful of that.”

For a CIO, there has never been a better time to raise the issue of cybersecurity to the board in a strategic way, says Simon Arcus, CEO, of the Institute of Directors.

“Put it on the agenda, make sure it is up there, get boards to understand they don’t need to know the detail of the technology,” he says in the 2016 report.

“Make sure it is well discussed and is not a specialised area that is handled by management and operations.

“Talk their language, start talking about the cyber risk management framework, start talking about a whole of organisation cyber risk management framework that serves the enterprise widely,” says van Hest.

David Kennedy, chief information officer of Transaction Services Group, and one of the CIOs interviewed for this year’s report, points out the worst question from the board is, ‘Are we secure?

“We need to change the mantra for security to match today’s complex environments that have limited security budget,” he stresses.

“Security is not about being secure, it is knowing exactly how insecure you really are.”

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