cybersecurity, secure data

Secure Data Now – It Pays

By J. Eduardo Campos & Erica Campos

For C-Suite executives across all sectors, managing risk and change is a top priority. The rapidly evolving technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) have brought business and all other organizational operations to a whole new level. But, threats are on a whole new level as well. The pressing challenge is how to secure digital information and prevent data breaches. Uncertainty and confusion about the best ways to meet this challenge abound.

In 2018 Views from the C-Suite (AT Kearney Global Business Policy Council), 85% of companies reported security breaches in the last year. Yet only 40% designed and implemented cybersecurity strategies in response.

It helps to focus on employees’ roles and the individual tasks required of their jobs when devising cybersecurity strategies. When guidelines are relevant to an employee’s daily functions, it makes implementing and adhering to a cybersecurity plan far more effective. In the study, corporate leaderships cited four top tactics they employ in this strategy, and rate them as equally important:

  • Comprehensive information security measures
  • Hiring highly skilled IT professionals
  • Cybersecurity behavior analytics
  • Employee training programs

And leadership can harness solution design techniques to craft a human-centric, integrated plan by taking these steps:

  1. Identify all stakeholders
  2. Involve those stakeholders in identifying cybersecurity issues and their root causes
  3. Engage them to participate in the design of comprehensive solutions so they have and feel ownership
  4. Lead their teams in implementing those solutions
  5. Sustain the effort with continued feedback and input from all stakeholders to keep the solutions agile, relevant, and effective, thereby protecting the investment of resources and time that had been put into their design

Each of these actions is critical for government, because agencies, regulators, and policy makers must respond to new cyber threats by formulating new laws, policies, and regulations or modifying current ones. And they are critical for business, as Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) must respond to new external requirements by creating corresponding internal and external systems to keep company assets secure. Increasing collaboration between the two, public institutions and private enterprise, would improve cybersecurity compliance, but unfortunately, public/private cooperation is impeded by perceived bureaucratic ineffectiveness and proprietary data-sharing concerns. More about this in upcoming articles. Stay tuned.

Embedded-Knowledge employs human-centric design along with its unique I.D.E.A.S.TM Framework for Solution Design to create and sustain results-driven public/private partnerships. Our team brings decades of experience to designing successful cybersecurity solutions by fostering active stakeholder engagement and crafting measurable parameters. Contact us for a consultation: embedded-knowledge.com.

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