You know what they say about cyber security…
Cyber security is like underwear: don’t let people see it, change it often and don’t share with strangers.
Perhaps an unheard-of joke, but a very common one amongst cyber security professionals and it has been creeping its way into how a company approaches its security. The four words that should describe an organisations cyber defences; ‘efficient, evolving, integrated and necessary.’ There is no shortage of providers advertising that this is what they can supply and companies’ now holding their hands up admitting it is what they need. However, what a company wants, and needs are two very different things, and it is the difference between a multi-million budget spend or some minor but effective internal changes.
The thirst for new technology is making organisations even more complex, and at the current rate it is progressing, there is a lot of opinion on the necessity for trendy technology and what will create the perfect formula to ‘streamline, accelerate and strengthen.’
Choose to thrive instead of surviving, be agile.
To be agile in cyber security you need the right task force. This ideally is made up of small teams working quickly, making design and risk decisions in real time responses, and keeping ahead of the curve when it comes to manual testing and compliance. Clearly, the traditional 90% planning and 10% action cannot keep up and by the time a plan is in place, a new demand has been put on the table. Successful teams need a deeper understanding of security issues with a willingness to adopt security practices faster, more iteratively, and learn to view cyber risk and mitigations as vital.
Now of all these changes are within reach. At Sysdoc we fully appreciate the process of implementing change and how important it is to be reactive in an age where you are expected to be ahead of the latest trend or technology before it has even been released.
The route to success often requires a change in existing cultural drivers and incentives. With no clear plan and a lack of commitment at all levels within a company, it is incredibly difficult for cyber security to remain a long-term priority. Agile development has long been a management issue, but it is the people within a company that need the training and understanding to do its job.
Is it time to change your underwear?
The primary goal for most companies is to be on the front lines when it comes to using technically innovative cyber and information security systems. There is a thirst for these changes and the need to evolve is very prominent, but the question remains are the processes and culture ready to adopt and adapt to the technology as it constantly changes? At the core of any AI/ML/cyber security system is a well refined and ‘clean’ database. That is the goal, right? To be ready to keep ahead of the competition and to call on innovation at a moment’s notice.
The eagerness to make cyber security an integrated and crucial part of a company is there, the nudge to make it happen; still needs to happen. Companies are being bombarded with what is considered the new trendy system to have, but do not get ahead of yourself so you are left open to cyber security threats. While you should be proud of the underwear you have on, sometimes it is best left to the imagination.
We would be very keen to discuss with you what Sysdoc can do so we can make sure that you are not only ready for a new digital transformation, but that your data is in safe hands to do so.
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