For years, organizations have been engaging in digital transformation efforts to improve internal processes, cut costs, and enhance the customer experience. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic turned what had been a gradual process into a mad dash, forcing organizations to accelerate their digital transformation timelines by several years. Cybersecurity frequently fell by the wayside, overshadowed by organizations’ pressing need to rapidly build and scale extensive remote-work infrastructures. This was especially the case in small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) without dedicated IT security departments.
Unfortunately, cybercrime didn’t fall by the wayside during the pandemic. It accelerated as cybercriminals took advantage of a perfect storm: the chaos and confusion wrought by the pandemic, combined with the fact that organizations’ potential attack surfaces were expanding with each new technology they deployed.
Cybersecurity is essential to a successful, sustainable digital transformation. Here are 4 best practices for integrating cybersecurity into your digital transformation plans.
1 – Involve IT security personnel in all key decisions
Too often, organizations don’t give IT security personnel a seat at the table when important digital transformation decisions are being made, resulting in security vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit. Forbes reports that 82% of respondents to a survey about digital transformation cyber risks said that their digital transformation projects had resulted in at least one breach.
Instead of involving security personnel only after a cyberattack occurs, organizations must solicit their input throughout the digital transformation process. This includes not only decisions to deploy new technologies but also to adapt existing technologies to fit new use cases.
2 – Educate employees on cybersecurity risks
Employees can’t avoid cybersecurity risks that they aren’t aware of. Unfortunately, many organizations aren’t properly educating their employees about the new cybersecurity risks posed by digital transformation initiatives, including not just new digital tools but new ways of working. Over half of respondents (56%) of a survey by the Ponemon Institute report that their organizations have not provided remote workers with cybersecurity training, despite the fact that 56% expect remote work to become the new post-pandemic normal.
3 – Adopt a zero-trust security model
Historically, network security models were based around the premise that all users and devices within the network perimeter could be trusted; only those outside needed to be verified. This model falls apart in modern, distributed data environments, which have no defined network perimeter. A zero-trust model assumes that all users and devices could potentially be compromised, and everyone, human or machine, must be verified before they can access organizational network resources. With an emphasis on password security, role-based access control (RBAC), and least-privileged access, zero-trust models support a secure digital transformation by helping prevent cyberattacks caused by compromised user credentials or stolen devices.
4 – Secure your users’ passwords
Over 80% of successful data breaches are due to stolen or compromised passwords, making password security integral to a secure digital transformation. Organizations must establish and enforce a comprehensive password security policy throughout the enterprise, including the use of strong, unique passwords for every account, enabling multi-factor authentication (2FA) on all accounts that support it, and using a password manager.
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