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The Top 2024 Cybersecurity Priorities for UK CISOs and Security Leaders Revealed in Report by Info-Tech Research Group

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Info-Tech’s Security Priorities 2024 report delves into the pressing issues that UK IT and security leaders must prioritise over the coming year, including the cybersecurity talent shortage, the rise of AI-driven threats, the integration of security risks with business risks, the adoption of zero-trust frameworks, and the increasing significance of automating security operations. The global IT research and advisory firm explains in the report that by addressing these priorities, organisations can better prepare themselves to face the evolving threat landscape.
LONDON, June 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, organisations are facing unprecedented challenges in safeguarding their digital assets. Recognising the urgent need for robust and dynamic security strategies, Info-Tech Research Group has published its Security Priorities 2024 report. The report underscores the critical need for organisations to adapt their security measures in response to the constant changes in cyber threats in 2024 and beyond. The firm’s research highlights the importance of a strategic approach, emphasising the need for clear oversight and effective implementation strategies to develop, deploy, and monitor security initiatives that enhance an organisation’s resilience against threats.

‘The emergence of advanced technologies has created opportunities for organisations and security leaders to explore unique approaches to these challenges while also enhancing existing capabilities,’ says Ian Tyler-Clarke, executive counselor at Info-Tech Research Group, UK. ‘These approaches include addressing the talent shortage through upskilling and establishing a foundation for, and implementing, AI technologies. All opportunities need to be assessed through a governance and risk lens.’
The Security Priorities 2024 report reveals the pressing issues that IT and security leaders must prioritise and advocate for a pivot from traditional, reactive security postures to proactive, predictive security strategies. The annual report emphasises the importance of fostering a security-centric culture across the organisation, enhancing collaboration between security teams and other business units, and developing agile security frameworks that can adapt to new threats and business needs.
‘The threat landscape has been exacerbated by the various emerging attack vectors, such as credential-compromise attacks and cloud exploitation. The increase in supply chain risks and rise in deepfakes also showcase the shift of threat actors to improve the sophistication of their attacks,’ says Ahmad Jowhar, research analyst and lead author of the report. ‘The rising costs of ransomware and cyber insurance premiums coupled with the continuous talent shortage depicts the challenges of efficiently fighting against these threats.’
Info-Tech’s latest report is based on comprehensive research, including insights from the firm’s Future of IT survey and in-depth interviews with IT and security professionals across various industries and regions. The diverse approach ensured that the experiences of leaders from both small and large organisations were incorporated into the report and covered a broad spectrum of security budgets. The insights collected and analysed by the firm reflect the realities of managing cybersecurity in different organisational contexts, from multinational corporations to nimble startups, providing a well-rounded view of the challenges and strategies at play in the current security landscape.
Leveraging the firm’s research findings and data, the Security Priorities 2024 report outlines the following five high-priority initiatives security leaders and their organisations should implement to confidently address security risks for 2024 and the years to come:
Develop and Optimise Cybersecurity Workforce. For the third consecutive year, talent shortage has remained the most pressing cybersecurity challenge, as highlighted by Info-Tech’s survey data. Respondents rated the difficulty of hiring enough security professionals to meet demands at an average concern level of 3.32 out of 5. Security leaders must identify their current skills gap and organisational needs, define their current security resourcing plan, and determine their approach to acquiring the necessary expertise.Secure the AI Revolution. As many organisations are working to leverage the power of AI, measures must be in place to ensure an effective adoption of the technology. Establishing AI governance should be one of the initial initiatives within an organisation’s AI roadmap to ensure a strong and ethical risk management framework is in place. However, according to the report, over 40% of organisations don’t have AI governance in place. In order to address potential vulnerabilities, Info-Tech advises security leaders to prioritise identifying their organisation’s AI goals, determine existing security gaps, and formalise a comprehensive AI governance framework. This framework must define clear accountability, responsibilities, and risk management strategies for AI deployments.Embed Security Risk Management with the Enterprise. With the increasing adoption of AI, organisational reliance on third-party vendor platforms and capabilities will also grow exponentially. This reliance on vendors means increased information sharing and places greater accountability on CISOs or security leaders to safeguard an organisation’s information assets. Despite this critical need, many organisations lack mature vendor risk management practices. As outlined in the report, in many organisations, the responsibility of vendor risk inadvertently falls on the CISO, given their role in protecting sensitive information and assets. To address this issue, security leaders must evaluate their organisation’s existing third-party risk management practices, establish comprehensive policies, and ensure third-party risk management is communicated effectively to executive leadership.Operationalize Zero Trust Strategy. As cyberattacks increase in sophistication due to the advancement of emerging technology and evolving attack techniques, organisations are evaluating various defence strategies to protect their most critical assets. The report emphasises the adoption of a zero trust framework as an effective measure to enhance an organisation’s security posture and align with its business objectives. A zero trust model can significantly reduce an attacker’s capacity for lateral movement within a network, enforce least privilege access across critical resources, and minimise the organisation’s overall attack surface. Info-Tech recommends security leaders adopt an iterative and scalable approach to developing a zero trust roadmap, allowing for continuous improvement and strategic deployment with an initial focus on critical surfaces. Security leaders can start by defining their zero trust strategy, assessing and identifying key capabilities and processes, formulating a comprehensive roadmap, and then consistently monitoring initiatives to identify enhancement opportunities.Automate and Autonomize Security Processes. With automated and AI-based threats becoming increasingly prevalent, the need for security process automation and autonomization has become more pronounced. Organisations should evaluate their capacity for refining security processes to proactively defend against sophisticated attacks and maintain a technological edge. However, the firm’s research shows that not all security processes are prime candidates for automation, as they could introduce risks if automated. The report recommends security leaders start streamlining their security processes by first defining automation objectives and assessing the current and desired states of their security operations to identify any gaps. Subsequently, they should determine the suitability, value, and risks associated with automating each security process, thereby prioritising initiatives accordingly. Finally, a detailed automation roadmap that aligns with the organisation’s strategic objectives must be developed and effectively communicated to executive leadership in order to obtain support.The 2024 report also includes customisable templates that security leaders can utilise to effectively communicate their organisation’s key security priorities to stakeholders and executives, ensuring a clear understanding of the required security measures.
In the face of ever-evolving cyber threats, the Security Priorities 2024 report provides security leaders with a blueprint for safeguarding their digital environment. By implementing the priorities based on their unique organisational goals and needs, security leaders can enhance their security posture, proactively address and mitigate vulnerabilities, and build a culture of resilience against the cyber threats of the future.
For exclusive media commentary from Ian Tyler-Clarke or Ahmad Jowhar, experts in cybersecurity and privacy, or to access the complete Security Priorities 2024 report, please contact [email protected].
Info-Tech LIVE 2024
Registration is now open for Info-Tech Research Group’s annual IT conference, Info-Tech LIVE 2024, taking place September 17 to 19, 2024, at the iconic Bellagio in Las Vegas. This premier event will also offer journalists, podcasters, and media influencers access to exclusive content, the latest IT research and trends, and the opportunity to interview industry experts, analysts, and speakers. To apply for media passes to attend LIVE 2024 or to gain access to content and expert insights from the event, please contact [email protected].
About Info-Tech Research Group
Info-Tech Research Group is one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, proudly serving over 30,000 IT and HR professionals. The company produces unbiased, highly relevant research and provides advisory services to help leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. For nearly 30 years, Info-Tech has partnered closely with teams to provide them with everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organisations.
To learn more about Info-Tech’s divisions, visit McLean & Company for HR research and advisory services and SoftwareReviews for software buying insights.  
Media professionals can register for unrestricted access to research across IT, HR, and software and hundreds of industry analysts through the firm’s Media Insiders program. To gain access, contact [email protected]
For information about Info-Tech Research Group or to access the latest research, visit infotech.com and connect via LinkedIn and X.
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Twelve Students from KIIT-DU Qualify for Paris Olympics

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KIIT-KISS Founder announces Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes 
BHUBANESWAR, India, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In a big achievement for KIIT Deemed to be University (KIIT-DU), Bhubaneswar, 12 students have successfully qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 beginning July 26, bringing pride and joy to the institution.

KIIT is the first university in the country to be sending the largest contingent of athletes among all universities in India.
The Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr Achyuta Samanta has announced Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes, encouraging them to give their best in the field and bring glory to the country. 
The athletes who have earned their spots are — Amit Rohidas in Men’s Hockey, Kishore Kumar Jena in Javelin Throw; Parul Chaudhary in 3000m Steeplechase & 5000m; Priyanka in 20 km Race Walk & Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay; Annu Rani in Javelin Throw; Jyothi Yarraji in 100m Hurdles; Tajinderpal Singh Toor in Shot Put; Abha Khatua in Shot Put; Prachi in the 4x400m Relay Team; Ankita in 5000m; Paramjeet Singh Bisht in 20km Race Walk and Suraj Panwar in the Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay Team. 
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, congratulated the proud contingent at a special programme in Bhubaneswar, saying, “Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this prestigious stage.” He declared Rs. 7 lakh cash support to each player. All 12 players, who are currently in various camps in different countries of Europe, joined the programme virtually. 
Informing the media, Dr. Samanta said that KIIT & KISS is the first organization in India to send the highest number of players to the Olympics. He also mentioned that KIIT & KISS has produced 20 Olympians and 2 Paralympians who represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and will be representing the country at the 2024 Paris Olympics. KIIT & KISS is proud to have 7 Arjuna Awardees, he added.
“We are happy that 12 students from KIIT are participating in the Paris Olympics 2024, making us and the country proud. Give your best and shine with your achievements. The entire KIIT & KISS family stands behind you, cheering you on”, he said.
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eQ Technologic Elevates Industry Standards with Inaugural Customer Conference, exeQute

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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In an era brimming with industry conferences, eQ Technologic, Inc., the developers of the eQube®-DaaS Platform, is making a bold entrance with its inaugural customer conference, exeQuteSM, Oct. 7-10, 2024. Unlike other customer conferences in the data as a service (DaaS) industry, exeQute is set to stand out with a focus on actionable tactics tailored to meet the unique needs of its customers, reflecting the company’s deep commitment to customer-centricity and innovation.

As Gartner predicts that by 2027, 25% of CIOs will have compensation linked to their sustainable technology impact, exeQute’s conference is shaping the future of digital transformation with sustainability and responsibility top of mind. This conference goes beyond theoretical discussions, offering a hands-on experience where top brands share real-world solutions that attendees can immediately apply. This focus on actionable content ensures that every participant leaves with a toolkit of strategies to drive improvements in their business.
eQ Technologic’s dedication to understanding customer needs is evident in every aspect of exeQute. The conference sessions delve into the specific challenges faced by customers, offering personalized solutions and insights. This tailored approach showcases the company’s commitment to not just listening to its customers but collaborating with them to develop solutions that drive their success.
“Execution is one of our key operating principles at eQ. An organization’s ability to execute materially separates winners from the pack,” said Dinesh Khaladkar, President & CEO of eQ Technologic. “We strongly believe that the gap between the future and now is bridged by execution. The future doesn’t just happen, it must be defined, and actions must be taken to achieve it. It’s time to envision what lies ahead and act upon the future vision with exeQute.”
exeQute provides a unique platform for attendees to network with industry leaders, peers, analysts, and media, fostering a collaborative environment where new ideas and partnerships will enable the future growth of companies. The conference’s comprehensive approach to addressing both current challenges and future opportunities highlights eQ Technologic’s role as a catalyst for positive change in the industry by catalyzing cross-industry innovation and offering insight into how organizations leverage eQ’s industry agnostic solutions to gain and maintain a competitive advantage.
exeQute is not merely another event in the crowded conference landscape. It is setting a new standard for customer engagement, providing value through actionable insights, innovative solutions, and a steadfast commitment to sustainable practices. For those seeking to navigate the complexities of digital transformation responsibly, exeQute is an indispensable resource, reinforcing eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry. With executives and decision-makers from some of the world’s leading organizations, the conference will unravel future trends, disruptive technologies, and emerging opportunities. Power-packed with keynotes, success stories, product roadmaps, demos, fireside chats, and more, the conference furthers eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry.
Conference details:
VEA, A Marriott Resort & Spa, Newport Beach, California Oct. 7-11, 2024 Agenda, speakers, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information can be found at exequteconference.com.
About eQ Technologic
Over the past two decades, eQ has been instrumental in accelerating digital transformation across industries such as Aerospace & Defense, Department of Defense, Automotive, Energy, Heavy-Machinery, Electronics, High-Tech, Electronics, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), and more.
The Low/No-Code eQube®-DaaS (Data as a Service) Platform establishes a Data Fabric with a connected network of integrated data, applications and devices that puts the power of analytics in the hands of end users, leading to Actionable Insight. eQ’s 100+ OOTB plug and play Connectors connect disparate heterogeneous systems in an instant, empowering organizations to work with any data, any format, any API, any speed, with any system, any application, and any device without writing any code. It enables secure, scalable, and robust information collaboration while honoring security rules. This enables eQ to offer solutions like Digital Thread, CLM (Closed Loop Manufacturing), Multi-PLM Solutions, For-purpose Apps, API Factory with Common Data Model, and many others.
Some of eQ’s marquee customers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Navy, Rolls-Royce, Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Adient, ULA, Moog, Micron Technologies, Boeing, General Electric, Siemens Energy, Panasonic, EDF, and General Dynamics to name a few.
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Research Solutions Announces Partnership with Jisc to Enhance UK Higher & Further Education Research

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This highlights Research Solutions’ commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of scientific research for academic institutions.
HENDERSON, Nev., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Research Solutions (NASDAQ: RSSS), a trusted partner providing cloud-based workflow solutions to accelerate research for R&D-driven organizations, is proud to announce a significant partnership with Jisc, the UK digital, data, and technology agency focused on tertiary education, research, and innovation.

This collaboration will make Scite’s award-winning AI platform more affordable and accessible for more than 280 higher education and research institutions in the UK. It aims to advance research quality by leveraging ethical AI technology.
Scite, now part of the Research Solutions family, is transforming the discovery and evaluation of scientific articles through its innovative Smart Citations and AI Assistant. This advanced technology allows researchers to gain deeper insights into the impact and relevance of scientific work.
Beyond its powerful discovery search capabilities across over 187 million publications, 2 billion references, and 1.3 billion citation statements, Scite offers unique workflows for identifying editorial concerns and providing instant reference analysis through its Reference Check feature. The platform also enables the creation of integrated dashboards with reference library tools and validates large language models, assisting in the creation of structured literature reviews via Scite Assistant.
Scite is utilized by researchers and institutions worldwide, underscoring its global impact and commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Jisc to make Scite more readily available to the Higher Education institutions in the UK,” states Josh Nicholson, co-founder of Scite and Chief Strategy Officer at Research Solutions. “By bringing context to citations, we can provide a better way to discover, understand, and evaluate research, something that is critically needed in the world today.”
Jisc’s endorsement of Scite highlights the platform’s value in delivering accurate, insight-rich research tools to prestigious institutions such as the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter. Research Solutions is delighted to extend services to additional UK educational institutions and looks forward to making significant contributions to the academic landscape.
For more information on how Jisc is enhancing lives through the digital transformation of education and research, visit their website here. To learn more about how Scite and Research Solutions are providing universities and libraries with tools to elevate their academic work, click here.
About Jisc
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities, and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions. For more information, contact [email protected] or 07443 983571.
About Research Solutions
Research Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSSS) provides cloud-based technologies to streamline the process of accessing, managing, and creating intellectual property. Since its founding, the company has been a pioneer in developing solutions to serve researchers. Today, more than 70 percent of the top pharmaceutical companies, prestigious universities, and emerging businesses rely on our family of products, powered by AI and NLP technologies, to support the innovation process from end to end with the most comprehensive information and knowledge tools on the market. For more information and details, please visit www.researchsolutions.com.
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