Avoiding highway robbery on the digital transformation journey

by in Security

No matter where your organization may be on your journey to digitally transform your business, beware of the dangers lurking along the way. Fellow travelers down the same road have been waylaid time and again by cybercriminals wreaking havoc through ransomware, distributed denial of service attacks, data breaches, and other types of attacks.

Avoiding highway robbery on the digital transformation journey.pngLast year, we witnessed some of the largest data breaches on record. The Marriott Starwood hotels breach included nearly 500 million records. Other massive breaches included: Under Armour (150 million records), Facebook (87 million records), Elasticsearch (82 million records), Google (52.5 million records), Newegg (50 million records), and Panera (37 million records).

As the many companies that have suffered successful cyberattacks know, the consequences can be severe: everything from hefty fines for non-compliance with regulatory standards to remediation costs, damaged brand reputation, loss of shareholder value, customer churn, legal fees and lawsuits, and more — all of which could seriously delay or threaten the success of digital transformation efforts.   

Roadblocks to cyberthreat defense

We’re all aware of the risk present in today’s cyberthreat landscape, so why are the defenses of many organizations not able to withstand attacks? Simply put, it’s because of the many roadblocks that keep cropping up along the way. Many of the roadblocks will look familiar: too much data to analyze, too many potential threats to investigate, too few security staff, lack of cloud security skills, unsatisfactory internal security processes … the list goes on. 

Part of the reason why it’s so hard to clear these roadblocks is today’s complex, dynamic application environments — think microservices, APIs, containers, serverless computing, and continuous integration and delivery processes and tools. The rapidly evolving and increasingly ephemeral technology stack makes it that much harder to understand how to adapt and extend security policies and tools to protect applications and data that are constantly on the move.

The security team needs the resources and skills to bring security aspects into the develop-to-deliver process and integrate security into the application development life cycle at the speed of development and delivery that today’s competitive environment demands.  

Yet, skilled resources, or the lack thereof, is part of the problem. Numerous studies highlight the growing security talent gap. In its Cyberthreat Defense Report, CyberEdge Group reports that 84.2% of organizations are experiencing an IT security skills shortage. DXC Technology can complement your current resources to help you achieve your goals and objectives.

Clearing the road

A new security-related infographic from DXC Technology and its partner Micro Focus sheds light on these and other top cyberthreat challenges facing those on the road to digital transformation. It also introduces ideas for overcoming those challenges.

For instance, one way to clear the roadblock of too much data to analyze is with advanced security analytics. Analytics solutions that deliver deep insights through artificial intelligence and machine learning can help IT security organizations cut through the noise of literally millions of security events generated by a typical enterprise security infrastructure.

Likewise, to address the talent shortage and do more with the same staff, enterprises are increasingly turning to security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) solutions. These capabilities, integrated into a digital core security platform, can automate security tasks, processes and workflows to improve response time, accuracy and standardization.

Make security part of the journey

As organizations proceed on their journey to transform their business, the transformation of security and risk management must be an integral component. Rather than bolting-on security at the end, organizations should plan for digital transformation and security together, simultaneously.

While managing security risk in a fast-changing environment isn’t easy, it is possible with the right strategy that encompasses people, processes and technology. You can learn more about the top challenges of securing digital transformation and how organizations can overcome those challenges in the security-related infographic mentioned above, or get your own copy of the Cyberthreat Defense Report.

You can also learn more about our DXC/Micro Focus Alliance partnership at the upcoming Cybersecurity Summit, June 11-13, 2019 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX.  DXC is a proud Platinum Sponsor.  Learn a bit more about the Micro Focus Global alliance with DXC Technology.


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