Staying Cyber Safe During Digital Transformation

Staying Cyber Safe During Digital Transformation

It’s October and that means National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is upon us. This annual initiative raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. We, at Optiv, know that cybersecurity is top of mind for enterprise security teams year round. So, for us NCSAM isn’t just 31 days. We live and breathe cybersecurity every day, 365 days a year, it’s in our DNA. To that end, we will be featuring a video and related blog each week this month to highlight top security challenges and recommend best practices to overcome them.



One challenge facing many organizations currently is how to secure ongoing digital transformations. This new business focus on security puts additional pressure on the C-suite to protect all facets of the organization. These executives are required to adopt digital solutions to accelerate business while being cognizant of the risks associated with innovation. A fast-paced and continuous digital transformation has rendered the old ways of managing threats insufficient. Policies and processes that have worked in the past no longer navigate, predict or mitigate risks present in today’s world.


Organizations continue to pursue digital transformation initiatives (moving data to the cloud, implementing new processes and technologies to improve business, IoT, and so much more) which introduces additional risk. These digital transformation initiatives and rapidly increasing breaches and attacks have organizations reeling. Security teams are struggling to remain vigilant, adaptive and timely to support increasing business demands. So, there is no question, cybersecurity is often an afterthought when it comes to digital transformation. Unfortunately, business leaders driving digital transformations lack the time and visibility to focus on security. However, this way of thinking needs to change. Retrofitting cybersecurity into any type of initiative, especially digital transformation, can be detrimental to a company’s overall security program because of the complexity involved.


Security needs to be the foundation of digital transformations and integrated into a company’s systems to be more preventative when dealing with risk. Decisions that will reduce risk across the entire security lifecycle need to be made earlier rather than later, don’t wait for an Incidence Response (IR), that’s too late. Companies can be proactive by optimizing and rationalizing their current environment to build a strong security foundation that’s capable of contiguous enterprise security scalability required to adapt and innovate to new business evolutions, including digital transformation-and beyond.


As businesses continue to adopt new digital technologies, they encounter a wide variety of security challenges and increase enterprise risk. The fact is, digital transformation is a continuous evolution of innovation, achieved in progressive phases; not a point project. So, in the end, it is important to design in cybersecurity earlier rather than retrofit when it comes to digital transformation to ensure your organization remains secure as you continue driving business priorities.

Anthony Diaz
SVP of Cyber Defense and Applied Security
Anthony is Optiv’s senior vice president of cyber defense and applied security, which includes a portfolio of managed security solutions combined with offensive security capabilities tailored to clients. Anthony has been a practitioner in the cyber security space for more than 20 years. Anthony’s corporate DNA is largely defined by the wide variety of security-focused roles he’s held in global enterprises.

Prior to Optiv, Anthony spent seven years at Ernst & Young as the global lead for cyber defense, where he built and ran the company’s next generation cyber operations.