Business Modernisation inline with secure cybersecurity

Business modernisation, which encompasses adopting digital technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, is essential for enhancing operational efficiency, improving customer experiences, and driving innovation.

However, this digital transformation journey also expands the attack surface, making organisations more vulnerable to cyber threats. As businesses integrate more digital solutions into their operations, the complexity of their IT infrastructure increases, thereby elevating the risk of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and other cyber incidents. This interconnection underscores the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive information and ensure business continuity in the modern digital landscape.

At Core to Cloud, we want you to stop and take a moment to reflect on the changes to your business and technology, especially within the last four years since the first lockdown was announced. Yes, we promise it has been that long!

Recent changes that have impacted business modernisation

Over the last four years, several key trends in business and technology have significantly impacted the cybersecurity landscape. These trends reflect organisations' evolving digital transformation strategies and the corresponding shifts in cyber threats that necessitate new security measures.

Here are some of the most prominent trends:

Remote Work and the Expansion of Digital Workspaces

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift towards remote work, leading businesses to adopt cloud services, collaboration tools, and remote access technologies at an unprecedented scale. This shift expanded the attack surface, as cybercriminals targeted home networks and devices, which are often less secure than corporate environments. The need for secure remote access solutions, such as Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA), became more pronounced.

Rise of Ransomware and Sophisticated Phishing Attacks

There has been a significant increase in ransomware attacks, with cybercriminals targeting critical infrastructure, healthcare, and educational institutions. Phishing attacks have also become more sophisticated, leveraging social engineering techniques to bypass traditional security measures. Organisations have had to enhance their threat detection and response capabilities, often turning to advanced solutions like endpoint detection and response (EDR) and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) platforms.

Cloud Security Challenges

Cloud security has become a critical concern as more businesses migrate to the cloud to benefit from scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency. Misconfigurations and inadequate access controls in cloud environments have led to data breaches. This trend underscores the importance of Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), secure access service edge (SASE) frameworks, and comprehensive cloud security posture management (CSPM) solutions.

IoT and Operational Technology (OT) Security

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the increasing convergence of IT and operational technology (OT) systems have introduced new vulnerabilities. Critical infrastructure, manufacturing, and smart buildings are facing challenges securing a growing array of connected devices. This has driven the need for specialised IoT and OT security solutions to monitor and protect these environments.

AI and Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in cybersecurity has grown, both for defensive and offensive purposes. AI-driven security solutions can predict and identify threats faster than traditional methods, but there's also a rise in AI-powered attacks, making it a double-edged sword. This has led to an arms race between cybercriminals and security professionals, with AI and ML at the core.

These trends illustrate the dynamic nature of the cybersecurity landscape, driven by rapid technological advancements and changing business practices. Organisations must continuously adapt their security strategies to address these evolving challenges and protect their digital assets. These changes and the need to adapt have caused organisations and businesses to push ahead with modernisation projects to stay competitive and relevant. 

Where do you start?

It can seem incredibly overwhelming, and for business leaders, heads of departments and others, the need to create strategies that lead to focused transformation projects that align with solid cybersecurity solutions should be a high priority.

Navigating the initial steps of digital transformation can be daunting. Identifying the right technology stack, safeguarding data, enhancing employee skills, and integrating digital processes smoothly without interrupting current operations. Additionally, tight budgets and the pressure for quick returns on investment complicate decision-making. As companies aim for agility, competitiveness, and profitable expansion, searching for customised solutions that precisely meet their unique requirements is critical.

At Core to Cloud, we want to give you as much access to understanding and safety regarding your core assets and data, and we also recognise how daunting this could seem, so we created a straightforward guide on where to start to approach this.

This guide offers some key considerations to any organisation looking to develop their business by digitising parts of their operations and transforming how they use data and technology to drive growth, increase profitability and improve efficiency. We’ve seen many examples of digital transformation projects that have not worked, have not delivered the expected benefits, and perhaps have dissuaded leaders from embarking on further investments. We’ve also seen technology introduced without the due diligence of assessing the risks and security.

You can access the guide here: 


If you need any support to move your modernisation forward in line with key cyber security frameworks, you can book a free call with one of the Core to Cloud team. They will be happy to discuss your specific requirements. 

 

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