Continuous review and improvement are integral to create a successful security program. Now, is the right time to look back on 2021 and prepare a few improvement resolutions for 2022.
The biggest challenge currently is that of adapting to the pandemic-created hybrid office model. During the New Year, CISOs will secure a remote workforce with the growth of applications and services in the cloud, and improving security controls over the supply chain will remain a crucial part.
Leaders need to follow the following resolutions to ensure their organization safely navigates the new hybrid office model.
- Increasing security awareness: in cyber-security, the human factor is always the weakest link; keeping this in mind, CISOs need to stretch their communications skills. to deliver education about information security, they need to create new channels. beyond phishing warnings, they need to expand messages, including laws and regulations. These can connect the shield with the business information privacy is a crucial topic.
- Knowing the connector: The challenge of secure connectivity has persisted throughout the pandemic. Secure VPN, single sign-on, and two/multi-factor authentications must be validated. Also, these are only allowing authentic users. While identifying any suspicious activity, security logs should be carefully analyzed.
- VPNs and patch update security: While the pandemic just hit the world, many companies reinstated VPNs, which were previously disabled without patching them first. Hackers took advantage of the situation.
- Secure cloud: For helping users access the applications they need to do work from anywhere. The on demand cloud models have become hugely important. This shift has its productivity benefit, BUT has come with its security challenges. Security controls must span all environments to keep business safe. This provides 360-degree application protection for both the application surface and the cloud application infrastructure.
- Know your suppliers: The installation and configuration of the product or service, tracking patches and new releases from the vendor, and monitoring any suspicious behavior. Some companies may choose not to use third-party products or servicesin a sensitive environment.
- Knowing the enemy: security teams, including the nation-state attacks and climate hacktivists to disgruntled employees, need to understand malicious actors’ techniques, tactics, and procedures. By knowing their adversaries, security will be better prepared to detect and evict threat actors who might be targeting the work environment. Many companies issue threat alerts that can be used to gather the latest intelligence to inform a security strategy.
- visibility maintenance. Across a collection of platforms, infrastructures, and technologies, companies need to make sure they can maintain visibility and consistency of security control posture. via security and development dashboards having visibility and control is a must.
- load balance. To balance the load on the network and scale to meet the needs of remote workers, companies require sufficient capacity. There is no point in having a secure network if it is accessed by many employees every time. Employee productivity depends on the availability and accessibility of applications. CISOs should find appropriate solutions that provide business continuity.
CISOs have big things to address moving forward in the New Year. The above eight initiatives will help ensure continuous improvements for safely navigating the new (out-of) office reality.
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