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Closing the People, Processes and Technology Gap: How Innovation Can Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Program
It’s no secret that many cybersecurity programs lag behind the rest of the business when it comes to embracing innovation. The security systems of the past were reactive rather than proactive, built around responding to threats rather than blazing trails. But this approach is no longer viable.
A robust security model is built on three pillars—people, processes and technology. Unfortunately, a failure to innovate could negatively affect your ability to excel at all three.
The People Gap
There are approximately two million open roles across the cybersecurity industry, with around half of all security organizations reporting “problematic” shortages of security skills. Because the current, reactive security operations center (SOC) model places people rather than technology on the frontlines of cybersecurity, a security staffing shortage poses a significant danger.
This is exacerbated by the fact that cyberattacks constitute a constant threat, making security an around-the-clock job that requires either a large, costly staff or a smaller team at risk of boredom, burnout and alert fatigue. It can take from three to six months or longer to fill each role, and even after you make the hire, you may not be able to retain those employees.1 This means that you can no longer rely on employees with institutional knowledge to keep your business secure.
The Process Gap
Cybersecurity spending has been on the rise for the past decade and is expected to increase each year. But despite this surge in spending, most organizations leverage only 40% of their security investments. Most of the tools companies purchase to enhance their security are never fully integrated, or, worse, never integrated at all. Experts estimate that about 25% of all security software purchased ends up as “shelfware.”2
Even when they are put to use, these tools often require significant manual labor and effort to manage, diverting time and resources away from initiatives that could have a greater impact on the business itself. Many companies also lack the reporting processes needed to assess whether new security measures are successful, much less communicate their value to other stakeholders within the organization.
The Technology Gap
Although vital for growth, innovations like cloud technology, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), digital transformation and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives add IT and operational complexity for the companies that adopt them. Data now lives everywhere and can be accessed from anywhere, rendering outdated cybersecurity technologies that fail to secure cloud, mobile and other off-site data ineffective. The fallout from this is already evident: cyberattacks are increasing in both frequency and scope, with the average total cost of a data breach increasing by 6.4% each year.3 Even a single data breach can cost a company tens of thousands of dollars.
5 Steps to Solving the People, Processes and Technologies Equation
Organizations often make one of two mistakes when it comes to their cybersecurity strategy: relying too heavily on individual experts or employees to act as a human barrier between the business and security threats, or investing in new security technologies without the necessary people and processes in place to implement them. Either can leave you vulnerable to attack and result in loss of data, unforeseen costs and technology debt.
The solution is achieving the right combination of people, processes and technology to evolve your security program.
So, what does that involve? Here are five steps to improve talent acquisition and retention; create meaningful processes and measurable reporting; and embrace technological innovation.
Closing the people, processes and technology gap by embracing cultural and technological innovation is one of the first and most important steps to creating a mature cybersecurity program. Learn more by reading Optiv’s Creating Clarity Out of Complexity white paper.
October 12, 2017
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; the annual campaign led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that seeks to raise awareness....
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