My relationship with security has evolved over the years, but the foundation remains the same – if you’re reacting to a threat, then you’re already too late. Whether protecting our country as a decorated US Army combat veteran or ensuring rapidly evolving digital experiences, the guiding principle is the same; A proactive stance to identify and mitigate security risks helps organizations avoid costly consequences while protecting revenue and fostering exceptional customer experiences in today’s hybrid world.
Notice I say hybrid world, not work. In truth, everything we do today is digital – from banking and consumption to healthcare, learning and work. And every aspect must be secured or a shock wave of crippling effects could be experienced. In 2021, the average time to identify and contain a cybersecurity breach was 287 days and cost organizations over $24,000 per minute for a data breach lasting over 200 days1. If Gartner’s prediction holds true, 80% of B2B commerce interactions will be digital by 20252these numbers of breaches will continue to skyrocket without a proactive cybersecurity posture.
In fact, a recent study showed that those who outperform their peers by up to $700 million per year make cybersecurity the foundation of their growth strategy.3. As the perimeter continues to dissolve daily and malicious actors become more sophisticated, the road to proactive security can be a bumpy one, but there are steps one can take now to secure digital experiences today. today and in the future.
- Enter on the ground floor. Security strategy, design, and architecture should be part of the foundational development strategy—not baked in at the end—through best practice architecture blueprints and capacity planning templates to enable the scalability of growth.
- It’s not one and it’s done. As risks evolve, your security posture must also evolve. Regular assessments and penetration testing of network devices and security compliance policies help analyze risks and minimize gaps to reduce vulnerabilities – from core to edge.
- AI + Human. Automated, intelligence-driven workflows improve visibility and provide proactive threat detection and remediation throughout the IT lifecycle, helping teams identify patterns outside the norm for faster threat detection. violations.
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1 SecureWorld, 2021
2 Gartner, 2020
3 IBM, 2021