“It’s an environment where information technology does not define the rules. Instead it is a key ingredient in achieving personal and enterprise productivity and innovation. Where technology is so natural and pervasive that we don’t even need to hold it in our hands. It’s just a part of our lives,” Mr. Willis said.
However, there is serious work that needs to be done. IT leaders need to make sure they have policies and procedures in place to respond to the new Nexus-driven threats. They must counter cyberattacks, and anticipate new attacks from new sources at a high scale. They will need to respond to “reputation” warfare and defend against social media “mercenaries”. They will also invest in new technologies that support employee-owned devices such as mobile device management, containerization and virtualization.
“Security investments are going to dramatically increase,” Mr. Willis said. “An already large security market is about to get much bigger, growing by 56 percent from current levels in five years time, while cloud security will almost triple.”
Mr. Willis said some companies are already doubling or tripling their security budgets, for example in the health care industry.Gartner analysts said a key reason for this is regulatory compliance. IT leaders need to anticipate and plan for the coming wave of government interventions and regulations. As information technology becomes pervasive in all operations, regulations from the analog world will come to the digital world. CEOs want their CIOs to make their impact felt where the enterprise meets the outside world. They want the CIO to unleash the forces that will differentiate their business. They don’t want the CIO spending all of their time automating the back office. “The value CEOs seek is in digitizing the interface between your enterprise and its customer or citizen, creating whole new business opportunities in the process,” Mr. Willis said. “The Nexus holds the promise of: new revenue streams; new missions; and new possibilities.”