What CISOs must Concern Themselves with in the Post-COVID World

What CISOs must Concern Themselves with in the Post-COVID World

The post-pandemic times are giving new security challenges for CISOs. Hence, to successfully tackle them, they must address a few concerns.

2021 is  continuing to see the drastic shift towards the way of working  that was set by 2020. The CISOs, who were once tasked to only oversee infrastructure security, are now asked to adapt themselves to the new remote working culture..

With changing times and trends, proper investments into modern infrastructure  is no longer an option, it has become a necessity. While the surge in the adoption of innovative technologies is growing, enterprises are still failing to embrace the cloud in a secure, controlled manner, often a result of misconfigurations. Hence, it is critical that CISOs must concern themselves with the challenges such as above to successfully move forward in the post-pandemic era.

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Securing Least Privilege Assets

The rise in data breaches has left CISOs with no choice but to revert to the zero trust model. Furthermore, the ditching of on-premises legacy systems in favor of cloud transformation provides an opportunity for CISOs to secure their cloud infrastructure from day one. But CISOs must take a step further to maintain the status of least privilege. They can also opt to use VPNs due to the soaring number of remote employees since a zero trust model requires time and planning for things such as policy management. Even though these methods strengthened the security posture, they need additional investments in tools such as firewalls and other gateway appliances.

Identity Management

Due to the rise in remote workforce, CISOs have been forced to battle for ‘end-to-end visibility’. Enterprise leaders who are pushing to get their employees up and running have failed to realize the negative impact the quick ‘end-to-end’ visibility will have on the infrastructure of the enterprise. The situation only gets worse due to discrepancies present in the rate of cloud adoption and implementation of proper security measures to meet this new workforce requirement.

Today attackers are focusing their efforts toward exploiting identity across all clouds and while basic SIEM use cases can be utilized to tackle them; the bottom line is enterprises must have end-to-end visibility identities and data at all times.

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Implementing DevSecOps

The rapid shift in the working environment has also given rise to security concerns related to response and recovery times, customer satisfaction, and product development. For the overall growth of the enterprises, CISOs are not just responsible for keeping the enterprise’s data safe from outside threats, but also are responsible for ensuring the projects are done efficiently. Hence, it is critical that CISO take steps for locating and mitigating the malicious actors to stop real-time outages. By opting for DevSecOps applications, they can position themselves to reduce the number of technologies while ensuring to strengthen the organization’s cybersecurity posture.

There’s no doubt that CISOs will continue to face new security challenges each year, requiring them to keep up with the constant revolution taking place in the technology world. In this post-pandemic era, their priorities are set to change rapidly, requiring them to not only keep the security posture of their enterprises intact but also act as catalysts for business continuity.