Experts predict that heightened expectations among consumers, advocates and regulators will require organizations to step up cyber measures in the year ahead.
Prediction #7: As Cloud and BYOD adoption continues to accelerate, greater accountability will be required for implementing policies and managing technologies. The development and evolution of Cloud services and BYOD has moved at a whirlwind pace, leaving IT departments scrambling to get out in front of the technologies and employee usage. In 2014, IT leaders will need to work closely with senior leadership and legal counsel to adapt corporate policies in a way that addresses changing legal risks, while effectively meeting the need of the organization.
“Up until now, cloud and BYOD adoption has been like the Wild West – uncharted, unregulated, and few restrictions. However, we’re seeing courts issue rulings that include significant penalties where discovery, disclosure and other legal obligations aren’t being met because of the use of these technologies,” said Brill. “While it’s implausible to anticipate every possible risk presented by the use of the cloud and BYOD, companies that have integrated these technologies into their corporate policies, IT security, and risk management plans will be much better prepared to fulfill their legal obligations. Organizations must realize that even if they don’t want to deal with this, they’re not going to have much choice.”