5 security questions every company should ask itself
No company today can avoid the now almost trite buzzwords "digital transformation" and "cloud". IT security is a closely related topic. What security aspects are especially important for the digitalization of your business processes? Examining the following five questions helps you boost your security!
Hybrid cloud environments are increasingly driving the digital transformation in companies. Meeting security and compliance requirements is very important here. A comprehensive security strategy that considers both the private and public cloud together is essential. The next step is to define appropriate security solutions that, aside from your private and public cloud infrastructure, also provide comprehensive, end-to-end external protection for your information. Get the support of a partner with expertise in the cloud AND on-premise worlds of IT.
Many threats can be alleviated through technical means such as a firewall, antivirus software, or new security technologies. But you need to consider your employees as well, and get them involved on the way to digitalization. Engage in active change management and make your employees aware of attack scenarios. While cloud technologies are not associated with insurmountable security obstacles, they do bring new demands with them. Establish a digital mindset throughout the company with a change story and training – both for the altered processes and for the new security requirements.
Security starts with small things. The issue of security should be included and taken into account in the digital transformation from the outset. Subsequently integrating security features into a finished structure is complex and difficult, costly and time-consuming. The focus of IT security is increasingly shifting from networks or devices to data(sets) and applications. The smallest possible critical units have to be protected along the entire value chain. Through consistent encryption combined with identity and access management for example.
Data protection and compliance are increasingly gaining importance in the digitalization era. That is why it is important to know on what servers and where your company data are stored and processed. The powerful portable data centers we call smartphones also have to be taken into account here. Take an inventory and establish security controls for possible weaknesses. Develop a documentation concept as well, so you can respond to data inquiries and notifications of data protection violations. When working with external service providers, you should critically question how they meet compliance and security requirements, and whether the stated methods fit your own business model.
The way companies work and therefore the mode of collaboration is changing. Working efficiently from anywhere is increasingly enabled by team chats, online meetings, and shared document preparation. Take this into account in the digitalization of your business processes, and be sure to include security here as well. Sharing confidential documents with colleagues or external business partners is a good example. Secure file sharing is indispensable here so that unauthorized third parties cannot gain access.
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