In today’s mobile world, keeping corporate assets safe in the face of the rapidly evolving threat environment, while making them readily available to legitimate users, is a very significant challenge. Recent surveys and reports have confirmed what we already know all too well – that serious cyber attacks are on the rise, and that organizations are increasingly finding themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons:
- Cyber attacks now account for 57% of major crises – larger than all other types combined – according to a recent global survey of 537 crisis management experts by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Cyber attacks were also cited as the greatest source of corporate risk.
- 34% of IT managers and system administrators surveyed by Barkly gave their organization an “F” grade for their ability to prevent cyber attacks, and 40% gave their organization a failing grade for having a balanced security stack.
Get ready for the security transformation!
Transformational approaches are needed to combat modern threats – but this offers opportunities too. This security transformation is characterized by a move away from traditional “perimeter thinking”, to the deployment of many complimentary technologies, revolving around identity management, risk assessment, and big data. It offers organizations an opportunity to develop a clear picture of long-term security goals, and to move from legacy technologies to more secure modern approaches that support business enablement.
By embracing modern approaches to security – including risk-based detection and real-time automated remediation – IT teams can spend less time fire-fighting and more time fire-proofing.
Want to know more? In April 2017, my colleague James Cowling (CTO, Oxford Computer Group) and I presented a webinar, which you can view of recording of here. We discussed and demonstrated:
- The key role played by identity management and governance, including measures to increase the trustworthiness of your identities.
- How to build a new “corporate perimeter” using the latest Microsoft technologies and products such as Azure Security Center, Identity Protection, Conditional Access, Information Protection, Cloud App Security, Advanced Threat Analytics, and Privileged Identity Management.