Improving cyber-resilience is not just a technological challenge
The digital transformation of businesses has brought with it many benefits and innovation, but also a greater dependence on our information systems, which translates into a considerable increase in the risk of cyberattacks.
The pace at which technology continues to evolve and near total connectivity with other organizations, suppliers and end consumers makes our assets more vulnerable. The answer to this challenge is, to a large extent, to promote and manage cybersecurity properly, going beyond the conventional vision of what is understood as a purely technological issue.
If we want to effectively protect our organizations, there are other aspects of security that must be monitored, to cover not only the technological part but also the physical, organizational and legal. And in this sense, there is a lot of room for improvement since, at present, there is still a certain disconnection between the companies’ security strategy and its translation into technological measures and controls, better awareness, the culture of the organisation itself and its integration with the main business processes.
Set a 360° focus
It is clear that it is no longer just a question of defending the perimeter but of a much larger and more complex problem, with both technological and management challenges. In order to adequately protect the company, due attention must be paid to cybersecurity and it must be seen by management and employees as a relevant business issue, ensuring their active involvement and the availability of sufficient resources to support the success of a comprehensive cybersecurity program.
Cybersecurity is now a strategic business risk that goes far beyond technology and IT departments
Organizations that take a holistic approach to cybersecurity are better prepared to successfully prevent, mitigate, and remediate attacks. And it is in this section where the value of security governance, risk management and regulatory and legal compliance comes into play. Definitely, cybersecurity must be considered with a broader scope, and in this sense the implementation of standards, follow-up of good practices, as well as the adequacy and compliance of the application regulation (national/international, sectorial, etc.) is of great help. Adopting an information security management system (ISMS) based on the ISO 27001 standard, complying with the National Security Scheme (NSS) or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPS), will allow us to identify and assess our assets, better understand the risks to which our information is exposed and apply appropriate controls at all levels to preserve their confidentiality, integrity and availability. In this way, we will know the impact that a security incident would have on the organization and we will be better prepared to guarantee the continuity and normal development of the business.
In short, cybersecurity is now a strategic business risk that goes far beyond technology and IT departments. A robust security strategy must align with the business vision and business objectives. If implemented effectively, it can improve customer experience, operations, regulatory compliance, brand reputation, partner and collaborator trust, and more, ensuring a return on investment.