Indian enterprises need CIOs too

By : |May 7, 2009 0

MUMBAI, INDIA: Security issues have got more internal, widespread, sharp and targeted than ever before. With the rise in touchpoints of an enterprise, be it with multiple devices like handhelds etc or new equally active stakeholders like suppliers and employees that are entering the core spectrum of access and operation in an enterprise, things have changed, says Girish Trivedi, deputy director, ICT practice, Frost&Sullivan, South Asia and Middle East.

"Indian enterprises are waking up to security challenges but it’s differently handled than the way it’s being approached by global enterprises. Those firms have a set process and protocol or policy which is replicated all across. In India, we still need to see the role of CISO getting its due importance as that of a CIO. Normally a CIO wears the two hats together, " he added as he talked to CyberMedia News on the margins of F&S enterprise security summit here.

"IT Security spending is relatively low in India when compared with other fast growing economies in the world as percentage of their total IT Budget." He added citing the findings of a recent survey of CIOs by F&S that shows that 90 per cent of CIOs agree that IT security is a vital component but at the same time, a significant number of CIOs in India did not have any fixed Budget for IT security. "IT procurement is purely demand-based with low adherence to standards."

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