In recent years, the position of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in businesses has changed.
The pandemic, virtual office culture, and increased cloud use have all led to the CISO’s rising relevance in a company. Data breaches due to a rise in Digital Transformation across sectors are proving to be expensive to repair and have a negative impact on company reputation. The role of CISOs is to ensure the integrity and security of the IT network as well as infrastructure, data, and apps present both on-premises and in the cloud by using cutting-edge technology. They must develop and implement a strong cybersecurity plan while ensuring business continuity.
Furthermore, as organizations strive to flourish in the new normal, the speed of Digital Transformation is picking up like never before. This was initially visible as organizations rushed to allow remote working, merchants changing to selling online, healthcare facilities offering telemedicine, educational institutions giving online classes, rise in online banking, and more. In the haste to assure company continuity by using digital technologies, the cyber-security function was ignored, giving cyber-criminals as well as hackers reason to rejoice.
As the intricacy of digital infrastructure grows, so does the frequency plus sophistication of cyber assaults, resulting in losses across the board. Vulnerabilities and security flaws are being introduced within the system, which hackers may simply exploit. Other dangers, such as DDoS assaults, ransomware, phishing, and IoT device infiltrations, are generating further concern for cybersecurity teams. To overcome such problems, cyber-security should be included in the architecture and implementation of the Digital Transformation plan rather than being viewed as an afterthought. Today, organizations are beginning to see the need of developing a strong cyber-security plan and putting it into action, and they are including it into their Digital Transformation efforts.
Critical business choices will be driven by cybersecurity.
Business objectives are reliant on business markets, that are reliant on IT solutions as well as technology. Today, sensitive data protection is a business need rather than merely a recommended practice. Businesses will suffer as a result of any cyber-attack or data loss. As a result, cyber security must be integrated into vendor operations, operational procedures, and customer interactions.
Staying two steps ahead of the digital threat management curve is critical for organizations to establish a solid asset management strategy and resilience against cyber threats, as well as to create commercial value. Because companies are no longer confined behind their four walls, an integrated strategy to cyber security that encompasses both on-premises and clouds IT assets is required.
The strategy’s implementation is just as important as the plan itself.
Having a solid cyber-security plan in place is just half the battle if it is not effectively implemented. To successfully protect organizations from cyber-attacks, a team with excellent execution capabilities is required. Traditionally, the CISO and team would guarantee that possible risks were reduced by protecting the organization from cyber attacks, and this business entity would function in isolation. Today, the emphasis is turning to digital transformation, with the security team becoming an important part of the mainstream and playing a more strategic role. Security should assist new initiatives as well as project development, allowing solutions to reach the market promptly.
Without a question, digital transformation is causing a paradigm shift in company processes as well as shifting cyber-security needs. With the pandemic presenting new degrees of risk, cyber-security teams must employ both proactive and reactive measures to preserve company continuity and maintain a competitive edge. To meet the rapidly developing threat landscape, organizations and assets should be protected from harmful attacks through continuous integration and automation of cybersecurity solutions.