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Corporate Security 2030

What developments are in store for key security issues in the future as a result of megatrends? A study by Z_punkt and the EBS Business School sheds some light on the situation.

30.06.2015

Big Data and greater levels of interconnectivity, new modes of working, globalisation and flexibilisation are presenting the economy with new challenges for corporate security, according to the latest cross-sector study "Corporate Security 2030: Challenges & Opportunities", which involved top managers from Bayer, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post DHL and RWE.

Corporate security must evolve to become more flexible and creative as a way to assist increasingly self-reliant employees.Dr. Karlheinz Steinmüller, Scientific Director at Z_punkt

Z_punkt and the Strascheg Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SIIE), part of the EBS Business School, commissioned the study, asking security experts and top managers from the companies involved, as well as and specialists from the Verband für Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V. [Association for Security in the Economy of North Rhine Westphalia], for their predictions and recommendations for action on security topics.

The main challenges for corporate security

The study identifies three main challenges for corporate security in the future:

  1. Information security in the widest sense remains the joint responsibility of security experts, IT and management.
  2. At the same time, as global security concerns become more acute, companies must be prepared to respond quickly to disruptions, especially those involving critical infrastructures such as energy, transport or IT networks, for example. The authors of the study warn against relying on state action alone in these cases.
  3. It is not just the rise of home offices, decentralised workplaces and outsourcing as well as networked production sites, open innovation processes and customers as value-added partners that make it necessary to redefine corporate security.

"I advise companies against concentrating solely on technological solutions to corporate security issues. The human factor is just as important," says Klaus Burmeister, Z_punkt founder and co-author of the study, when commenting on the study’s findings.

The Executive Summary of the study is available as a download. 

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