We are going to cover 5 key cyber security elements to help your business navigate the changing IT landscape. These elements are;
Digitisation is solving problems, creating opportunities and rewriting the way in which your business engages with your customers. At the forefront of the cloud services revolution is storage and SaaS. These functions give you the ability to design, build and deploy a new application. This is happening right now at unprecedented speed and scale.
Cloud services bring with it great flexibility to your business along with a number of other benefits. While at the same time extending the cyber security attack surface and hence opportunities that the ‘bad guys’ have to compromise your users and data. At the same time, the sophistication of attacks is increasing as attackers take advantage of the very benefits that attracted you to the cloud.
Attackers have access to stolen credentials, host malware on legitimate cloud platforms such as AWS, Google and can generate legitimate certificates for illegitimate purposes thus appearing to be credible.
Your business needs a robust and advanced security architecture built on the back of an executive-sponsored cybersecurity policy to combat the threats. The security architecture needs to be an extension and enhancement of your existing security posture enabling seamless support of your users, data and applications anywhere they choose to work from.
Surveying the common systems that you may already be deployed for cybersecurity protection, we are likely to see the following components;
As the IT systems and services landscape changes, it is necessary for your protection systems to be constantly reviewed and changes made where necessary to be relevant to the rapidly evolving landscape. The approach of IS teams to protection is evolving to the meet the emerging threats in the digitisation/cloud era whereby technology is now just a tool of the cybersecurity policy.
Your evolving approach should be about taking a holistic view that can adapt ahead of or in line with the threats. Five important elements of this evolving approach are outlined below.
A number of new technologies have emerged which underpins the evolving approach to protection such as security internet gateway and cloud access security broker. These technologies and the role will be reviewed in our next blog.