Are You Ready for the Future of Cyber Security?
2020 was a cyber security wake up call for many organisations. Attempting to provide secure remote access and device flexibility quickly exposed the flaws in legacy systems and processes. As we enter 2021, Six Degrees asks: are you ready for the future of cyber security?
At Six Degrees, we fully understand the critical role cyber security plays in delivering effective organisational outcomes. More flexible and robust security measures are needed to adapt sustainably in 2021, and organisations that respond first will set trends and define best practices in the future economy.
In this article, we’re going to provide four pillars of a cyber security strategy for 2021. We hope it will help you plan more effectively for the future. Are you ready for the future of cyber security? Let’s find out.
Pillar 1: Cyber security is a journey, not a destination
By its very nature, cyber security is ongoing and iterative. There is no single destination or point at which your organisation will become 100% secure.
The cyber security landscape is always evolving — new threats, actors, and risks arise constantly. To navigate this uncertain terrain, organisations must have a flexible, agile, and equally living strategy in place. Laying a solid foundation for this strategy means building repeatable cyber security processes.
As you prepare to embark on your cyber journey and develop this set of processes, it’s essential to understand your risk appetite. This is, as it sounds, the level of risk your organisation is willing to accept.
No cyber security system can be 100% secure. But by deciding which risks are acceptable and which are not, you can effectively gauge your cyber security priorities and make targeted investments that will deliver the most impactful outcomes at the lowest cost. Of course, it’s also vital to consider your organisational priorities. After all, cyber security is there to enable your intended outcomes, and your strategy should reflect this.
Pillar 2: Cyber security is an opportunity, not a cost
Cyber security comes with a price, and many organisations find it challenging to benchmark what their cyber investments actually deliver. However, it’s important to remember that a robust security strategy is an enabler of organisationally-focused outcomes. This is why cyber security should be viewed as an investment opportunity — and one that can deliver measurable ROI.
For example, a new self-service resident support portal will require investments to make sure that data can be shared securely, and then safely stored within your system. However, the delivery of such a system will provide significant cost savings to your organisation, and will enhance the services you deliver to the residents you support. If the necessary security investments cost £3 million over the next five years, that number looks a lot smaller when put next to £5 million in cost savings over the same period of time.
By looking at the opportunities created by cyber security, you ensure that you remain focused on projects that will actually benefit your organisation. Again, this comes back to aligning your appetite for risk with your organisational priorities. But an opportunity-orientated mindset is also critical for gaining the organisational support and funding needed to execute your strategy.
Pillar 3: Flexibility doesn’t have to come at the cost of security
At Six Degrees, we are always pushing the importance of flexibility, and flexibility should (and can) go hand-in-hand with security. As discussed, the cyber journey is iterative, and the risk landscape is always evolving. This makes flexibility non-negotiable.
Flexibility is one of several reasons why working with a managed service provider is an important aspect of any comprehensive cyber security strategy. Access to on-demand skills, scalable resources, and leading-edge technology delivered by a strategic partner all make it far simpler to respond to change. As cyber experts, understanding native security controls within applications or software that you may already be operating can help your organisation to deliver smarter cyber security controls, freeing up time and perhaps costs to reinvest into something else. A great example of this is optimising your Microsoft 365 licences to maximise the native security controls available – you just need the expertise to know how.
The type of cyber security you deploy can also have a large impact on the flexibility and security of your system. Our Managed Detection and Response service provides managed endpoint protection that keeps your organisation safe 24×7. Managed Detection and Response increases flexibility by enabling secure remote access whilst addressing skills and resource gaps and relieving management burden. It’s also an example of how you can do more with less, bringing us on to pillar number four.
Pillar 4: It’s possible to do more with less
Effective cyber security isn’t about spending as much as possible, or investing in every tool on the market. It’s about aligning your specific business priorities with effective solutions that enable flexible delivery of key business goals. As mentioned, in some cases you may have native security controls that you can use, optimise and monitor to protect your organisation – you just need to know how. In our view, doing more with less means your organisation benefits from:
- Stronger security
- Less technology to manage and less operational oversight
- Lower costs
- Reduced risk
- More visibility and agility to respond to threats
Doing more with less is another reason that partnering with security experts should form at least part of your cyber security strategy. Managed security service providers (MSSPs) live and breathe cyber. That means we have access to economies of scale that enable the delivery of resources more cost effectively — all while removing the burden on internal resources.
It all starts now
Preparing for the future starts now. Laying the most sustainable foundations for the coming decade requires understanding the risks and vulnerabilities your organisation faces today.
To achieve this, you also need to understand your priorities, risk appetite and where you sit within the cyber journey. This starts with a FREE Cyber Security Consultation. Ready to take the next big step in your cyber journey? Get in touch for your free Microsoft 365 security consultation – Six Degrees can help.
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