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IDC reveals Chilean companies have advanced in cybersecurity maturity

IDC reveals Chilean companies have advanced in cybersecurity maturity

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A report from IDC reveals companies in Chile have made progress in improving their cybersecurity.

With the pandemic and its disruptive effects on the IT business world, security has taken a leading role to implement collaboration initiatives and Business Continuity safely.

The abrupt shift to remote work and the first efforts to return to the office and hybrid work have brought with them the need to implement aspects such as risk mitigation, compliance with regulatory provisions and management of ethics and policies of privacy. 

Understanding the growing interest in safeguarding data and the current panorama of the industry, IDC with the sponsorship of Claro Empresas, presented the Study on the Maturity of Cybersecurity in Chile, which measured the progress in cybersecurity of Chilean companies to face business challenges and determined the scenario in them.

The research analyzed two groups of companies: corporations and large companies, where 154 executives from organizations throughout Chile were consulted. The companies observed were categorized into different stages of cybersecurity maturity, from ‘inexperienced’ – beginners implementing basic security measures as needs arise – to ‘predictive professional’ – companies that can predict and take effective actions against cyberattacks. 

The main results of the study showed that 61% of large companies and corporations have advanced towards the highest levels of maturity in the dimensions of IT security processes and technologies.

The research also revealed that more than 40% of both types of organizations still have to work on strengthening their capacities associated with human resources, risk management and the strategic vision of the organizational context, as well as culture in an environment of co-responsibility in safety.

Cybersecurity in times of disruption

Considering the changing context that the IT business world is facing, the study emphasizes the importance of developing a security strategy, considering the digital trust of users, customers and business partners.

It also recommends diagnosing the maturity level of the company and establishing concrete actions to develop digital trust that involves factors such as risk, compliance, privacy and business ethics.

In addition, it suggests recognizing the capabilities and resources of the company in the face of the constant growth of increasingly sophisticated threats and attacks.

Likewise, it advises relying on advanced security technologies, such as analytics, automation and Artificial Intelligence that proactively speed up the analysis and response to events.

Finally, it indicates that outsourcing and managed security services allow organizations to bring cutting-edge technologies together with expertise on cybersecurity, industry risks and local and international governance aspects.

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