Identifying an obsolete security tech

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obsolete security tech

CIOs acknowledge that security plans also have expiry dates which most organizations tend to overlook

The pandemic lockdown and the eventual shift to remote work environment have resulted in a sudden rise in the security breaches faced by organizations across the world. Security leaders called for a re-evaluation of the security measures employed by the organizations. It’s time that redundant plans are identified, revised, and discarded if required.

A good security profile requires a sound and effective strategy. CISOs should opt for regular evaluation of the security tech to update software as a proactive measure, and discard plans that no longer align with the requirements.

Major disruptive events

Security plans inefficacy can be identified by major events. One of the best examples is the pandemic situation which resulted in a drastic increase in data breach incidents all over the world.

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Major issues identified by CIOs include a lack of proper infrastructure to enable remote work securely. IT leaders acknowledge the presence of certain business transactions and functions which required in-person resolution that wasn’t feasible during the lockdown.

Lack of documentation of processes and higher dependency on interpersonal communications were all disadvantages of the currently deployed security plans.

Data breach

Most organizations evaluate their security profile only after a malicious breach. Often after the breach response is completed, the organization lets the deployed plan to continue instead of evaluating for more potential threats as a proactive measure. A breach should result in numerous questions regarding the organization’s security profile and measures.

Issues in productivity

Poor productivity on part of the security team should be another red-flag to Security leaders. Security teams are generally overloaded with security issues and breaches. This can result in poor planning and management which will have negative effects on the team’s productivity. Under such situations, CIOs need to consider a change in security plans.

False positives and negatives

Security leaders point out false positives result in significant wastage of time and effort. It deviates the focus from true positives to be attended and mitigated. False positives occur mainly when the organizational detection and response measures are overflowing with noise.

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False negatives are equally dangerous. CIOs believe that if a third-party vendor continually notifies about issues missed by the security tool, it’s high time for the security plan to be reviewed and reconsidered.

Third-party risk

Organizations have become wary of third-party risk in the current scenario. Third-parties with compromised security posture can affect the organization’s secure networks as well. CIOs should deploy efficient pieces of training that succinctly explain the ways to assess, ascertain, and prevent third-party risks. If such plans are difficult to implement, the security strategy requires updating.

SLA challenges

A sure-fire pointer towards an inefficient security plan is when the security SLAs are not met optimally. CIOs say that the occurrence can be a result of unreasonable SLAs also. Perhaps the organization needs to shake-up its procedures to set out achievable SLAs.

Security leaders acknowledge that identification of unpatched issues may require some time for the organization to correct, leaving the firm vulnerable to attacks. Such scenarios require revisiting the plan and if required, modifying it.