As they are tasked with managing corporate risk, safeguarding Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and deploying security analytics, the role of CISOs in modern enterprises has become increasingly crucial.
CISOs should go beyond the traditional job allocated to them in order to maximize the security of their enterprises. CISOs need to understand how their organizations work in addition to having technical knowledge and leadership qualities. This will enable them to determine which efforts and security projects will be beneficial to the business.
Following are some key measures that CISOs should concentrate on post-pandemic and beyond.
Keep an eye on remote employees
Many companies permitted employees to work remotely in order to survive amid the global pandemic. While adjusting to remote employees ensured survival, CISOs needed to move swiftly to address security vulnerabilities. This was challenging; CISOs had to figure out how to keep a close eye on remote VPN connections in order to detect vulnerable users and workstations, establish routines, and adhere to conventional security protocols. Since the hybrid workforce is here to stay, it’s critical to implement a strong security awareness program.
The role of a virtual chief information security officer
A knowledgeable and certified cyber specialist is one of the important roles that can support CISOs and the security operations team. Bringing on a virtual CISO can minimize onboarding time, HR expenditures, and training costs when the need is urgent. These virtual CISOs are self-employed, seasoned professionals who can be hired for short-term projects. They can give the security team an extra layer of leadership knowledge and worry about compliance standards that are all too easy to overlook. CISOs should educate themselves and better establish security policies for their organizations by working alongside highly skilled cybersecurity professionals.
A virtual CISO can act as a life coach or wingman, providing direction, dispelling uncertainty, removing doubt, and instilling confidence in achieving security milestones, maintenance, and posture.
Managed Detection and Response (MDR) automates the process
The majority of attacks are multi-stage, with the first stage allowing attackers to examine the network, discover what data is most important to the target, and analyze the chain of command in preparation for a future business email compromise attack. The longer a threat exists, the more harm it can inflict, emphasizing the necessity of MDR-led detection and containment. For enterprises without internal resources and the ability to continuously monitor endpoints and other attack surfaces, MDR provides the entire range of security services.
There is no one-size-fits-all MDR solution in the business, like all security products. After carefully evaluating the threat detection and incident response capabilities, support for numerous use cases and platforms, relevant analytical experience, and willingness to tailor services, one should make an informed decision on the MDR provider. Investing in MDR is a business decision, not a technical one. To make a choice, businesses should balance the costs and risks.