If I Can’t See You You Can’t See Me? Digital security needs to look closer
There’s this stage of development that every child goes through, where they think that if they can’t see something, it, in return, can’t see them. That’s why a kid might be sitting in the middle of the room with their eyes covered but still “hiding”. We know they are there, but we play the game anyway, knowing that they will grow out of it. So, why do we take this approach when it comes to data security? There is this mentality that “if you can’t see a problem, there is no problem”, but frankly it’s archaic and outdated.
While you only tend to hear about the major breaches in large corporations, the reality is that it’s the SMEs who lack the know-how, focused budget, or proper security measures that are going to be targeted more often and have a data breach.
Let’s be realistic here, no one company is invulnerable. It’s at the point where the speed of technology developments, cultural shifts, and malicious intent (or simple human error) applied to network security systems, that the odds are a breach is going to happen at some point.
Now, this isn’t a footnote or piece of smallprint where–if a security issue was to happen– we can say “well, we told you that no one system is completely impenetrable” and be off the hook. Neither is it a humble brag where we can show off our shiny MSPs and Cloud Management systems in an effort to win you over after scaremongering you out of your current process.
What it is, is an opportunity. An opportunity to stop being passive, living in the dark ages of data security by only tackling issues after they happen instead of proactively seeking areas of weakness in your system and ensuring the processes you’re using are agile and fast enough to address any issues that arise. It’s an opportunity to lift your hands from your eyes and take a strong look around at those you’re convinced you can’t see when they are right there in front of you.
So, how do you seize this opportunity? And what key values and tools should you have in your belt to be on the proactive front foot instead of a passive and reactionary back one?
We all know that ‘time is money,’ but really think about it for a second. As one of our most limited resources, it only makes sense that time should be considered one of our most valuable. So whether you need an update, quote, or resolution of a cyber threat, there is no reason it should not be with the speed the situation demands and technology enables.
Likewise, just as your business is flexible, moving and growing as required, your security network should be just as agile, covering what you need when you need it. In many instances this means bringing in further levels of automation, which then allows critical human security resources to focus on the more intricate volumes of data that may call for real-time analysis and management.
Speed & Agility
Cue a Response
Most companies expect their digital security technology to guard their systems, and in the case of a data breach identify and alert the appropriate person/system etc to fix it. That’s all well and good, but why aren’t we being more proactive about this? Systems are now smart enough to actually monitor, detect a weakness, and generate a proactive response before a breach occurs. This is becoming more and more essential as the digital age we live in (think about the internet of things, different cloud networks and applications, etc) calls for a diversity of coverage over multiple devices, locations, and access levels.
One of the primary blockers to this response is that many companies have just cut and pasted on new security measures as the need arises, resulting in a mishmash of systems that don’t communicate well with each other, aren’t agile or flexible, and ultimately don’t provide the speedy, proactive security that today’s digital environment calls for.
We have been trained as a culture to want all the bells and whistles, to get the latest gadget because if it’s newest it must be the best (planned obsolescence, it’s everywhere). But there is real value in simplicity. Should you have the most relevant technology for your needs? –Yes. But ‘most relevant’ doesn’t necessarily you need that extra shiny gadget when really, it will just sit in the corner of your database gathering cyber dust. Not only that, but it might actually trip you up when it comes time to spring clean your security measures or update your database.
With simplification comes clarity. You can see how your data is protected as it moves across devices, systems, applications, and the multi-cloud. This in turn enables dynamic agility and the ability to detect and respond to threats in real time. Clarity enables communication, consistency, and informed decision-making.
Don’t get caught up in the latest and greatest just because Mr Jones has it, and don’t settle by signing up for a whole package deal when half the package doesn’t suit your needs. See? Simple.
I Can See Clearly Now..