It is a constant race to protect an organization’s valuable and sensitive assets as threat actors try to outperform their targets using new strategies and tools. To combat the evolving targets in modern cybersecurity, CISOs must adopt a new mindset.
Ransomware has paralyzed the operations of businesses and large institutions in the past year, and major data breaches have tarnished the reputations of these organizations. Particularly, the growth of cloud-native and hybrid cloud apps has sparked new security concerns.
Cybersecurity leaders may become hyper-focused on averting a compromise at any cost due to dramatic headlines about attacks and ransomware. However, a breach doesn’t have to be a disaster, despite the dramatic headlines about cybersecurity breaches. CISOs can increase build confidence in the robustness of their systems by employing the proper mix of defensive strategies and pre-positioning.
To combat the evolving threats, CISOs must adopt a new mindset. Security leaders can gain insight into the best ways to protect their most sensitive assets by answering these three questions.
Where Is the Data Kept?
Cybersecurity leaders are acting out of fear when they try to avert breaches by any means necessary. This fear results from a lack of understanding or knowledge: It can be easy to envision any situation in which the system is compromised when a business doesn’t know where its sensitive data is held and how well that data is secured.
Knowing exactly where data is kept is the first step in developing a strong cybersecurity posture. Lack of awareness raises the possibility that a company will devote critical resources to protecting data that isn’t sensitive, in addition to raising the risk of a data breach.
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CISOs must take action to prioritize the data that is most important to the company and to place data security at the forefront of their efforts.
Businesses must understand where data is housed within complex cloud systems to safeguard their most valuable assets. Organizations must first classify these assets before deciding if the data has actual business value. By approaching security from a data-centric perspective, an organization can secure its most valuable assets while wasting less time on assets that need less security.
Where Is the Sensitive Data Going?
Tracking where sensitive data is going is a challenge, even though a company can catalog where data is housed within its own systems. With just one click, developers and other employees can copy sensitive data today, potentially removing it from a secure setting and opening it up to attacks. Automated data services and data pipelines can also extract data and move it to different locations, leaving companies unaware of who has access to their most important data.
Organizations must tag sensitive data and track where it goes after determining where data is stored and which assets are extremely valuable. Data must travel with its security posture because understanding where it is going is essential to identifying potential threat vectors.
What Happens if the Company is Hacked?
Organizations are quite likely to face a breach due to the continually evolving nature of cybersecurity and the rising number of attacks and breaches. However, there’s no need to panic over this. Security teams can better manage risk and have the resources available to maintain business continuity when they have been compromised by a bad actor, thanks to effective pre-positioning.
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Knowledge is power in this proactive approach to cybersecurity. It is considerably easier to protect assets before a breach occurs when companies are aware of which assets are crucial and where they are.
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