While few corporate executives and boards of directors would dispute the importance of cybersecurity, some may feel ill-prepared to begin the process of managing these risks given the myriad technical and non-technical elements of the issue. The goal should be to address this gap by shifting toward a practical framework for addressing the people, process and technology elements of the cybersecurity challenge.
Although information technology has created a new digital age, transforming every aspect of modern life and bringing with it greatly enhanced productivity gains and standards of living, its underlying infrastructure is inherently vulnerable to exploitation. This leaves society open to fundamental cybersecurity risks. Businesses globally constantly face an onslaught of malicious activity, ranging from theft of precious intellectual property and customer records to destruction of valuable proprietary information.
A shift in methodology, adopting a security framework that is focused on prevention, will enable business leaders to effectively drive a roadmap of change within the organizations.
Steps to consider:
- Identify organization-specific critical assets, priorities and related governance structures.
- Monitor and analyze all traffic to establish visibility of all users, applications and content traversing corporate networks, clouds and endpoints, in order to define and refine organizational information security policies.
- Protect from attack by enforcing policy to reduce organizational attack surface, and prevent known and unknown threats.
- Detect and respond to the inevitable successful attack in a manner that incorporates mitigations and protection mechanisms to prevent similar attacks in the future.
Eric Schou is Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances Marketing at Palo Alto Networks. Responsible for creating the vision for, developing and implementing a best-in-class partner go-to-market initiative that will drive new revenue opportunities for both Palo Alto Networks and our strategic partners.