How to Overcome These Security Challenges
Digital technology is growing at a rapid pace, and its impact has opened up new frontiers for businesses to explore and benefit from. However, these advances also mean new and evolving security threats for organizations.
According to a report from Statista, 155.8 million users had been affected by data breaches in 2020. And that’s not surprising given the current online landscape we have nowadays.
Malicious individuals are busy inventing new ways of causing havoc through the various hacks and exploits they come up with. Today, there are more cybersecurity challenges than ever before and IT professionals are hard-pressed in taking these threats head-on and fighting back.
Your job as an IT security professional is to ensure the digital security of the company you’re aligned with stays on point.
As a provider of website security services and security for cloud-native applications, our team at HJI Technologies knows the importance of bridging cybersecurity gaps for organizations looking to implement or scale their digital transformation.
To succeed in the modern business landscape, companies must look internally to identify areas that can hinder their ability to protect themselves against online security threats.
The following are the top 4 security challenges to consider and how you can overcome them.
Security Challenge #1: Ongoing Cybersecurity Skill Gap
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) published its fifth annual industry report stating that the shortage of cybersecurity skills hasn’t improved in 2021. 44% out of 489 cybersecurity employees that were surveyed believed that the gap has only worsened.
To address this gap, it’s important to cultivate an environment of training and mentorship. When companies bring new cybersecurity security professionals on, they need to make sure they’re working closely with senior members of the team. With time, this will bridge the gap between those who already have experience and the up-and-comers in the industry.
Security Challenge #2: Evolving Security Threats
As companies become more dependent on technology for their business operations, the attack surfaces are only growing larger. Beyond this, cybersecurity innovations have been unable to keep up with the technological innovations of cybercriminals. Network security breaches, phishing attempts, and other tactics have become more sophisticated and undetectable in recent years. For this reason, they are typically discovered after the damage has already been done.
This is where network segmentation becomes a primary concern to businesses and their cybersecurity professionals. When network segmentation is implemented, cybercriminals must get through both the network firewall as well as the firewalls around the various segments. It is much easier to contain and eliminate threats with segmentation, as well.
Security Challenge #3: Lack of Cybersecurity Awareness
An alarming amount of cyberthreats are not caused by cyber criminals making a deliberate attack. Much of the time, it is the actions of ordinary employees that threaten the security of the business. For example, an employee could carelessly open a malicious email attachment or use the same password for every one of their accounts.
Similar to creating an environment of mentorship with other cybersecurity professionals, it is also important for these professionals to reach out to employees and educate them on cybersecurity best practices in a way that they can understand.
Security Challenge #4: Varying Cybersecurity Regulations
An uneven regulatory landscape is just what cybercriminals are looking for. Such environments can make it hard for companies to know what’s allowed and what’s not, and these malicious individuals ultimately thrive when they can keep their targets in the dark.
Of course, it is not possible for most companies to influence global cybersecurity policies. What is possible, however, is enforcing strict, company-wide compliance mandates. The more consistent a business’s regulations are, the fewer vulnerabilities they create.
To overcome the evolving security threats we face, companies must know how to handle these cybersecurity hurdles and open up pathways to reveal vulnerabilities and bridge gaps.
We have a team of experts who have many years of experience using the most comprehensive technologies available today. We aim to help businesses resolve their security issues so they can succeed in the online world.
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