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What cybersecurity solution do you need? From Zero Trust to ADR, IAM, risk/privacy, data protection, AppSec and threat, securing digital transformation, to resiliency and remediation, we can build the right program to help solve your challenges.
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Optiv works with more than 450 world-class security technology partners. By putting you at the center of our unmatched ecosystem of people, products, partners and programs, we accelerate business progress like no other company can.
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Greatness is every team working toward a common goal. Winning in spite of cyber threats and overcoming challenges in spite of them. It’s building for a future that only you can create or simply coming home in time for dinner.
However you define greatness, Optiv is in your corner. We manage cyber risk so you can secure your full potential.
The Business-Centric Risk Strategy
A holistic security program starts with discovering your company’s risk appetite.
In the blog series, Shifting from Preventative to Proactive Risk Management, we discuss how and where to focus your efforts to become proactive in security risk. The first post, Security in 2019: Getting Ahead of the Game, we discussed how security teams can create a fluid strategy in lockstep with business stakeholders to build a powerful security platform. The second post Learning the Enemy Perspective, talked about the importance of understanding how threat actors think and act to give the security team the upper hand. In today’s blog, we will show that taking a step back to evaluate the need for a sustainable risk strategy that is predictive and proactive is worth the time and effort.
Many organizations are reaching a breaking point when it comes to the effectiveness of their cybersecurity. Security teams are overwhelmed with the job of reacting to and investigating alerts and then fixing problems as quickly as possible before a threat actor gains access to sensitive data. But the velocity of new apps, connected devices and data growth inside corporate networks makes the job more difficult than ever before. Hackers have exponentially more entry points into a business today compared with just two years ago. And discovering and monitoring all those access points is a never-ending game of catch up. Security teams know they can’t effectively protect every piece of data equally, but where should they focus and how?
Instead of buying more tools to throw at the problem, it’s time to take a step back. What organizations need is a sustainable strategy that is predictive and proactive when it comes to risks and threats. Programs must tightly connect with business needs and goals so that security teams can focus their efforts. It’s time to stop doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.
A smart first step is to determine the risk appetite at your company. Is your business risk-averse or risk-tolerant? Financial services firms are traditionally risk-averse, given the high potential of financial and customer loss if accounts are compromised. Healthcare companies are also risk-averse but more due to stiff regulatory requirements to protect personal health information: exposing patient data can cost millions of dollars in fines. The only way to gauge your company’s appetite is to talk with the line of business decision-makers. These people know which applications and information influence revenues and touch customers. Those conversations should guide your decisions on how and where to invest the security budget.
These tips can start conversations and create the right strategy for your organization:
Creating a business-aligned risk strategy takes time and patience, yet the effort will pay off in the long run. Your team will have confidence that time and resources are going toward protecting the most important areas to keep your business thriving.
Take the quiz, How Risk-Aligned Is Your Business, to determine if your security program is aligned with the wider business strategy.
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