Derek ChristopherDerek Christopher, chief information officer at Hines & Associates, weighs in on security risks that midmarket IT leaders face every day and how the Midsize Enterprise Summit helps to alleviate their pain points.

According to a recent survey by security provider Arctic Wolf Networks, 95 percent of IT leaders are highly confident in their cybersecurity defense. However, many midmarket organizations struggle to defend against malicious activity. Senior IT leaders cover a wider range of responsibilities and lack the bandwidth to focus solely on security.

What’s worse is that these midmarket companies are becoming numb to security breaches, says Derek Christopher, chief information officer at Hines & Associates.

“We’re still at the lower end of the spectrum as far as taking security seriously.”

“You’re starting to hear more about organizations that are having breaches. My fear is that we’re becoming numb to it because we hear of it so much,” says Christopher. He adds that this is especially concerning for organizations working in healthcare responsible for protecting patient records, which have become valuable information for hackers today.

“For smaller organizations such as myself, we deal with a lot of small doctors’ offices where technology may not be at the forefront,” says Christopher. This can be particularly difficult for senior IT leaders, such as Christopher, who must work around the limitations of their customers. This leads to even greater security risks.

Christopher finds that interaction with his peers at events like the Midsize Enterprise Summit help quell his pain points.

Christopher says MES helps him talk to vendors about how they can help him become more efficient. There are other senior IT leaders who can attest to certain solutions and give recommendations on which ones best understand the needs of the midmarket.

He says MES has done a great job connecting IT leaders to vendors that understand issues facing the SMB audience and “the value proposition in presenting to midsize companies.”

By understanding risk and taking steps toward educating themselves on how to better position themselves for success, midmarket leaders can build strong security postures within their organizations.