The CIO holds a crucial role in a business, and as technology advances, the CIO’s responsibilities must adapt to the complicated threats to security. This week’s blog, provided by Matrix covers how and why a CIO should manage security.

The enterprise approach to IT has changed a lot in recent years. Rather than simply heading the team that keeps the lights on, the CIO is now directing much of the discussion in boardrooms surrounding customer experience, digital transformation, and how to edge out the competition with better performance and personalization. Surrounding all these discussions, the role of CIO is further complicated by the increasingly complex world of enterprise network security.

Cloud solutions and a multiplication of endpoints have changed IT management for the CIO while also drastically altering the scope of security. What used to be managed with firewalls and passwords is now no longer simply a perimeter concern. CIOs often delegate security concerns to a security team or a chief information security officer (CISO), but every IT decision must prioritize the broad impact of security.

The new threat: The threat of a cybersecurity breach is dangerous in its ever-changing nature. Every day there is a story of a major security breach hitting a corporation, and what’s disclosed in the media is generally just a tiny percentage of the extent of the damage. The constantly evolving threat of security breaches must be discussed in terms not only related to the inconvenience of handling the virus, but the financial impact of the theft of the most valuable asset a company has: its data.

Managing the basics: Much of what a CIO needs to cover through the security team goes back to basics: making sure passwords are strong and enforced, not allowing any shared accounts, and following the rules for identity management. You can also make sure your firewalls are least privilege and that all endpoints, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, are encrypted. These items may seem simple, but they go a long way toward securing the network.

Investing in managed services: In many cases, managing the next tier of security concerns comes with a heavy price tag. From enabling two-factor authentication on every piece of equipment to deploying an Intrusion Prevention System, the various tasks that come with securing the network in a cloud or hybrid environment become increasingly complex as the enterprise moves forward with digital transformation.

Many enterprises find it’s this second tier that creates the need for considering a managed services option that handles all aspects of security. Managed security services address the immediate security concerns of the enterprise, and make each additional rollout easier to absorb for the CIO and their team.