Forward-thinking business leaders are talking about cyber security and privacy solutions - not just problems.
They're thinking more broadly about cyber security and privacy as both protectors and enablers of business.
The fact is, advanced cyber security measures can be a competitive advantage. This year’s Global State of Information Security Survey findings show that organisations are focusing on four key areas to help make that happen.
First, the survey shows that many are pivoting to a cloud-centric cyber security model. Why? Because the cloud provides an inter-connected architecture for a powerful, integrated security programme. And that can make your cyber security a truly differentiating business capability.
Second, as all organisations become more digital, an intuitive and highly secure digital experience is a must-have. However, the security of that digital experience will depend on how well an organisation can manage threats and other risks.
Forward-thinking organisations know that real-time monitoring and threat analysis are integral to an effective cyber security and privacy programme. They also understand that sharing threat intelligence and response techniques with business peers, industry groups and government agencies is equally essential.
Next, despite powerful promises, the Internet of Things represents a significant cyber security and privacy concern. That’s why businesses are proactively creating a security strategy for the Internet of Things. Priorities include updating data governance policies and developing security training for employees.
Finally, we’re seeing that in a digitally-connected world, nation states and hacktivists present dangerous new risks. Attacks by these adversaries are difficult to detect. But many businesses are updating practices to gain actionable visibility into threats by geographic region.
To get there, you’ll need an arsenal of updated processes, technologies and people skills. The short list includes advanced monitoring and analytics, sophisticated threat detection and analysis tools, proactive threat intelligence sharing and ongoing employee training.
Together, all four of these strategies can help organisations see the big picture and focus resources on a clear, actionable cyber security plan - helping them achieve their goals in the face of change.
For more insights on each of these themes, see The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2017.