Taking a holistic approach to security for success

Cyber security is one of the biggest challenges organisations face today and the hackers and cyber criminals who launch these attacks, are becoming ever more sophisticated, systematic and destructive.

New security products can provide some protection. But as the number of security products you introduce increases, so do the security challenges they create. These include support and maintenance, and complex integration issues with poor co-operation between disparate components.

In fact, a very brief high-level look at the security market is all it takes to show that there are vast numbers of products and ‘silver bullet’ solutions out there, designed to take out specific threats. However, there is very little in terms of an ecosystem supporting a defence-in-depth architecture. All of this can make custom development appear tempting, but this is invariably a costly, inefficient and ineffective route.

Similarly, few organisations have a comprehensive and thoroughly considered security strategy in place, or proper security processes and policies suitable for today’s threat landscape and ICT usage patterns. Most organisations spend considerable sums on security technology, but without the right security strategy in place, and user behaviour in line with the right processes and policies, they remain at risk of serious breaches.

We need to explore, discover and devise new ways in which technology can help, by removing the human element, where possible and desirable, and by limiting and swiftly rectifying the damage done when human error occurs. Furthermore, we need to leverage ever improving machine learning and artificial intelligence software to help augment human capability.

Organisations need to work with specialists that can help them understand the nature of the threats they face, and the weak links in their defences that offer criminals easy ways in. That means closely examining all aspects of their security from each of the technology, processes and people perspectives, to identify actual and potential weaknesses. Then robust, practical, fit-for-purpose security architectures and policies can be built.

A successful security strategy is more than a product or service, it’s a process. And like the methods used to attack you, it will never stop evolving. The only effective approach to security is a holistic, architectural approach – one that is manageable, adaptable, resilient and responsive.

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