How can organizations become more effective in meeting increasing security challenges? How can organizations more quickly detect security threats, malicious attacks and data breaches? For those looking to improve their overall security posture and establish programs that can help improve their ability to detect and respond to various security threats, the time to evaluate strategy and capabilities is now.
Accenture, in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute LLC, conducted a study to identify the success factors of companies that demonstrated at least 25 percent improvement in Security Effectiveness Scoring over a period of two years, and an average gain of 53 percent, the Leapfrogs. The study encompassed 237 organizations, divided into those who had significantly increased their security performance and those who remained static. The research identified important differences in how the two groups addressed security strategy, innovation, technology and governance. For example, characteristics of effective security strategies include alignment with business objectives and accountability throughout the organization. Leapfrog organizations recognize the need for innovation to strengthen their security position and keep pace with evolving needs. The use of enabling and advanced technologies helps the Leapfrog companies take a proactive stance to protect their networks and data. Governance measures such as metrics, benchmarking, risk management procedures and ongoing communications with the C-suite and board of directors reflect the importance that the Leapfrog organizations place on their security policies and programs.
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