Organizations were forced to transition to full-time remote working after the global COVID-19 pandemic broke out. For tens of thousands of corporate leaders across the globe, the transition was abrupt and stressful.
Businesses had to defend a wider perimeter against threat actors who would almost certainly succeed in stealing proprietary data due to the frenetic pace at which security teams had to oversee a dramatic shift left. The long-term consequences of the global SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server breaches add to the complexity.
The pandemic altered everything from daily routines to the architecture of cybersecurity systems. In the future, other unexpected occurrences, large and small, will continue to occur. Organizations that refuse to understand this can face long-term difficulties.
A company’s DNA must have the capacity to react to uncertainty. A static checklist would not be enough to get a company through a tough period. Rather, they need a flexible and adaptable playbook. Organizations can better align themselves to keep up with, and even excel in, new technologies if they have the right strategy in place. In other words, businesses must strike a balance where protection remains a top priority but still allowing for creativity and development.
But, how do enterprises piece together a comprehensive and adaptable defense policy and infrastructure?
First and foremost, businesses must focus on two key areas: identity and access management, as well as endpoint and mobile management. Any customer and endpoint are the doors to the company’s structure, which is the castle. Bad players must be kept out by keeping these doors shut and secured. Furthermore, the security staff should have complete power over who has the keys to the realm and which doors are unlocked at any given time. Simply put, exposure to information is critical to a solid protection policy, and access to the assets should be granted with the least amount of privilege possible. Additional security mechanisms, such as risk-based authentication and multi-factor authentication, can be implemented wherever possible to reduce the risk of a hack.
The second step that security teams must focus on is instilling a cybersecurity culture across the organization. Gone are the days when cybersecurity was solely the responsibility of defense departments working in isolation. Every employee has a role to play in keeping the company safe. As a result, companies must provide routine and consistent security awareness training to staff, not only to alert and inform them of their role in the company’s security performance but also to prepare them for the risks they will undoubtedly encounter.
In addition, CISOs must assert themselves, positioning themselves to get the CEO’s and other board members’ attention. Around the same time, as a subject matter specialist and a trustworthy risk-averse adviser, the CEO and board members must be open to the advice of CISO. Companies must understand now, more than ever, that ensuring cybersecurity is inextricably linked to successful operations. In a nutshell, it’s a corporate decision, so CISOs and management must collaborate.