It’s time for business leaders to start rethinking their risk. In today’s ever changing technology landscape, the stakes of the game are becoming higher. As technology evolves and businesses look to incorporate things like the cloud, IoT, and AI, the business will need to focus on items like:
- data privacy
- vendor management
- transparency of auditing
- regulatory compliance
- business continuity
Solutions are needed to transform businesses and help them manage risk and compliance efforts effectively and holistically across the entire organization.
Where and how do those business leaders begin to fill the gap? I believe the easiest place to start is by focusing on what’s most important first. What systems are critical to the business then work your way out towards the perimeter. Knowing the hierarchy of the business needs can aid in switching from reactive to proactive, which is where you want to be when it comes to risk management. Highlight and start monitoring user activity on all fronts. Ensure you have a clear understanding of your data and its importance to the organization as a whole. Who has access to that data? Can it be limited? It’s a starting point.
Often times security can get shuffled to the back burner by the IT staff as they tend to be inundated with other higher priority requests like user requests and new innovation. Spinning up a security team or a dedicated security pro within the IT department is starting to trend. This is a good answer for businesses out there struggling with a security talent gap.
Another great place for businesses to focus on the problem is with their staff. Develop security protocols and practices if none are in place. Manage business assets and personnel through awareness of those protocols and practices with training and educational tracks to help foster a culture of acceptance. Gamify the experience and level your staff up with some healthy competition.
Security will continue to be the hot topic in the years to come as we see the world of technology transform and the global cyberwar rage. Will your business rise to the occasion or be left vulnerable? The time to act is now.