Five Ways to Integrate Security into Digital Transformation

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To paraphrase a popular saying: A cybercriminal’s work is never done. The corollary is that the security professional’s work is also never done. According to the 2019 Cyberthreat Defense Report from CyberEdge Group, nearly eight out of 10 organizations (78 percent) were victims of at least one successful cyberattack in 2018.

As rapidly as security teams are closing some doors, the enterprise is opening others that expose the inner workings of digital transformation to the cybercriminal underground. While corporate strategies around transformation are driving measurable business outcomes, they are—at the same time—creating new security risks through the adoption of new technologies, increased complexity and expansion of the attack surface.

A new ebook highlighting secure digital transformation from DXC Technology and its partner Micro Focus discusses five omnipresent cybersecurity challenges and presents corresponding ways to overcome them. Here is a taste:

#1: Improve the security posture of your digital core

As they should be, IT security professionals and decision makers are most concerned about malware, spear phishing, and ransomware. In fact, more than 50 percent of organizations were victimized by ransomware, with 45 percent paying the ransom to recover their data, while 19 percent refused to pay and lost their data.

Any of these threats can represent a significant financial and reputational risk to your business. That’s why deploying a security platform within your digital core is imperative. The security platform enables resilient systems that not only withstand cyberattacks, but also carry out mission-critical business operations after an attack. 

#2: Build security into the software development life cycle

While DevOps is accelerating time-to-market with innovative software, sometimes insecure code becomes a by-product of faster development cycles. That’s just one way that the advent of DevOps has created new challenges around security processes. In fact, according to CyberEdge Group, organizations around the world struggle the most with application development and testing (out of all IT security processes).

To overcome this challenge, enterprises need to integrate security and risk management throughout the development life cycle, with a comprehensive DevSecOps model for secure digital transformation.

#3: Gain deeper insight into threats 

In 2019, IT security leaders and practitioners report that “too much data to analyze” is the top obstacle to achieving effective cyberthreat defenses. For many, advanced security analytics can help, “cutting through the noise” of security-related data. And when deep analytics solutions also leverage machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), they can efficiently process data, uncover threats and reduce the frequency of false positives

#4: Automate incident response and other security workflows with threat intelligence

IT security practitioners report that the second biggest obstacle to effective cyberthreat defenses is the lack of skilled security personnel, with 84 percent of organizations experiencing an IT security skills shortage. One way to overcome the lack of security talent is with 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—helping your staff do more with the talent you have.

#5: Address industry-specific security and compliance requirements 

In addition to the cyberthreat challenges and concerns that every industry faces, each sector has unique issues and compliance requirements it must address while digitally transforming its business. Turning to a partner with deep industry knowledge and industry-specific solutions can help.

The DXC Security Platform enables secure delivery of industry-specific platforms and solutions like the Digital Health Platform and the Connected Transportation Platform. These platforms bring together microservices that enable new experiences across a connected ecosystem of partners, with security built into the platform and microservices.

Make security an integral part of transformation

Regardless of the industry sector, DXC Technology and our partner Micro Focus can help you achieve your digital transformation goals faster, with less risk. To find out more about the five ways you can integrate security into your digital transformation, download the ebook “Transforming Security - Five Steps to Secure Digital Transformation.”

Also if you are attending the Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit in Dallas, TX June 11-13, 2019 please be sure to stop by the booth.  DXC is a Platinum Sponsor of the Summit.  Register today!  And, don’t miss Randy Redmon, DXC who will be delivering an informative session on Wed, June 12th at 12:30 pm in the Steuben entitled:  The cybersecurity imperative: Five steps to secure digital transformation.  His session is based on this eBook content.  Come join DXC and Micro Focus as we share how to secure your Digital Transformation journey!


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