The shift to a more distributed working model means the security paradigm of ‘protecting the castle’ is ill-suited to today’s business needs. While cyber security remains a key priority for all boards, identifying the best strategy remains a key challenge. Indeed, 41% of the executives don’t think their security initiatives have kept up with digital transformation. [BCG, 2022]
Given this consensus on the problem, what’s holding us back from resolving it?
How did the hybrid working environment change security architecture?
The post-pandemic workplace has been altered forever but hybrid working, and rapid digital adaptation have left CISOs with multiple contrasting pressures.
The switch to work from anywhere (WFA) means that traditional security approaches no longer suffice – but what’s the problem with current architecture and what conflicting pressures are impeding the successful execution of security initiatives?
We’ve seen a great amount of digital transformation, including the adoption of multi-cloud and technology tools for security architecture and this has left IT teams with an overly complex, scattered security design. WFA has created issues for many organisations, who must now secure disparate mobile devices, while navigating connectivity protocols, access control, and the cyber-skills shortage.
On top of all this, there are duelling pressures coming from decision makers, as security architecture comes at a cost and the board keeps a close eye on the budget. It’s hard to make the case for more security, when leading executives don’t fully comprehend why it’s needed.
In our increasingly mobile world, the need to secure scattered devices, as well as the increasing information mass will be critical – CWSI reported a 42% on-average increase in cyber-security breach attempts in Europe alone.CWSI, 2022
What does the IT Security architecture of the future look like?
There are three crucial pillars to consider when it comes to good security architectural design; compliance, security, and mobility. Finding the right technology and having the staff to implement these tools is crucial. Ensuring strong end-point security is absolutely critical, due to our ever-more mobile world.
When developing their security architecture, companies must prioritise compliance – they have to understand the risk of storing unprotected and unclassified data and must accurately evaluate this across environments, against a Data Protection Baseline.
Organisations need the right technology to develop their security architecture. The first step is to authenticate and verify, while implementing solid threat detection – the final piece of the puzzle is to incorporate strong data encryption.
The Point of Process
The end-goal is to reach a zero-trust approach where organisations must navigate WFA, increased device complexity and identity and access management, along with data protection, homomorphic encryption, and advanced threat defence.