Achieving a seamless cybersecurity posture requires not only advanced technologies but also delivery of a seamless experience.
The past couple of years has been pretty intense for CISOs. With the explosion of cyber-attacks, many CISOs have had to concentrate all their efforts towards strengthening the cybersecurity infrastructure.
While vulnerabilities due to the rapid adoption of digital transformation – lack of necessary precautionary measures – played a critical role in this surge, errors made by humans were primarily responsible for the attacks. In fact, as per industry experts, most of the successful cybersecurity incidents were due to human errors.
While incorporating advanced technologies to strengthen infrastructure is vital, neglecting the impact of seamless experience can cause dearly hurt organizations. Therefore, CISOs need to strike a balance between enhancing cybersecurity while making it elegant and simple for the resources. They should strive to achieve an invisible cybersecurity posture that hides the technicalities and complexities from the employees while helping them seamlessly work on their tasks.
Here are three strategies for CISOs to achieve a seamless cybersecurity posture:
Concentrate on talent and technical expertise
CISOs aiming to achieve a seamless cybersecurity posture should first concentrate on their talent and technical expertise. Handling security via awareness, policy, and controls is not enough; it should be ingrained into everything IT does.
CISOs should frequently assess the IT infrastructure for identifying vulnerabilities. They should build an action plan that needs to be put in place to mitigate risk via short-term actions.
In the long-term, organizations should shape their IT environment, which is more compartmentalized as well as resilient, by implementing strategies such as zero-trust and micro-segmentation.
As the cybersecurity landscape continues to witness talent shortages, organizations have to identify as well as onboard an IT partner having strong cyber capabilities and offerings.
Take advantage of tools to catch the actionable cyber threats
Digital transactions, as well as interactions, are constantly producing a large number of alerts. Additionally, today’s borderless environment where employees are working in remote or hybrid environments increases the already high number of alerts, making it difficult for cybersecurity teams to keep up with them.
CISOs should take advantage of AI and ML tools that proactively check threat intelligence databases to address this issue. These tools enable security teams to prioritize which alerts require their attention depending on anomalies, improving visibility and decreasing wasted time.
Another way cybersecurity teams can automate security checks is through endpoint devices with security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) frameworks. This immediately disables connectivity if a machine is found to be compromised.
Plan for various scenarios
In the event of a security breach, it is critical for organizations to react quickly as well as make the right decisions in a timely manner. CISOs that have already done their due diligence with the right level of scenario planning, is always prepared for such moments.
These teams are in a better position to respond to an incident, remediate it, and minimize the damage. Additionally, with advanced preparation, CISOs can restrict attacks and resolve issues that have minimal impact on business operations.
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