Today’s digital environment is more complex than ever, and so, more difficult to secure. When you add a new layer of transformation to your digital presence, you are expanding the attack surface, giving attackers more targets from which to choose.
Some common ways organizations are transforming digitally involve moving to or expanding their cloud environment, increasing use of shadow IT (software products downloaded by the business without the knowledge of the IT or security department) and increasing use of IoT devices. All of these adjustments involve increased reliance on third parties and vendors — and that means sharing your data and access to your networks beyond your traditional perimeter.
According to 2020 data from the Digital Transformation Expo (DTX), DTX:NOW, cyber security has now moved to the top of the list for IT buyers embarking on digital transformation projects, with 26% saying it was their main focus – followed by cloud (21%), data analytics (15%) and network infrastructure (14%).
Read on for a few ways to ensure your digital transformation is backed up by the kind of security that will protect you from cyberthreats.
Build a secure scaffolding for company processes. Digital businesses need to embed security into the very core of their systems and processes. They have to build a secure and convenient user experience and create digital value chains that protect customers’ data. The Covid-19 pandemic illustrated the importance of a secure culture within organizations. Cyber attackers rely on common moves and tactics, which turn out successful when used on many employees working from home. In light of this, organizations need to increase their efforts to train and re-train their employees in cyber security, and inspire a sense of responsibility in every staff member. Finally, as important as reskilling and upskilling employees is collaborating with trusted partners.