Protecting Your Digital Ecosystem in a Post-Pandemic Landscape

Protecting Your Digital Ecosystem in a Post-Pandemic Landscape

By Kashif Dhatwani, BIAS Chief Security Architect | Senior Director

Enterprises with large workforces are adapting to new norms, working remotely, and accessing systems on public networks that were only available within the perimeter of the organizations. Already this trend was occurring at a certain pace and expedited during the pandemic; the network perimeter shifted completed inside-out. The digital transformation feeds this by running a tremendous amount of data through various systems, applications, and networks. It is critical that there is a continuous and adaptive approach to securing the components of these infrastructures where we manage this paradox of making it is easily accessible and at the same time protected from misuse. There are hundreds of solutions available that can provide security at each layer of your ecosystem; the question is how organizations decide what the best approach is, the best solution is, how cost-effective it is, and can it manage the level of risk versus cost. The answer is not straightforward, and this is where organizations leverage resources such as conducting a thorough assessment of their environments, reviewing their compliance requirements, industry regulations, and then planning solutions at each layer to address the needs. It is where assessments, such as what we provide at our organization, may align with organizations’ business needs. Find more related details at https://biascorp.com/consulting-services/information-security/.

Taking this a step further, we have seen that modernization associated with digital transformation is primarily related to adopting Cloud technologies. It poses an added challenge for organizations on how to align Cyber Security requirements with their Cloud Journey. Assessments mentioned before can guide our customers, and with that, we also observe maturity in vendors to streamline this process as more and more customers are adopting such technologies. There is a considerable amount of guidance on Cloud Security available from vendors. One example is Oracle providing its customers a detailed architectural view into security through practices and solutions. The Oracle cloud embeds a security fabric to protect each layer. It is explained and available in detail at https://www.oracle.com/security/cloud-security/. In addition to infrastructure, organizations should explore the concept of Defense-in-Depth for their data. The framework guides on implementing a layered approach to protect data and ensure that other layers are still providing security even if a layer is compromised. This critical concept and associated solutions needs to be understood, as the lack of understanding causes the most known ransomware breaches today. Watch the detailed session on Defense-in-Depth in this video: https://youtu.be/omFvNzDrwew

 We will continue to expand on these concepts in our next blog post.  Until then, Do Your Part and #BeCyberSmart.

Connect with Kashif on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kashifdhatwani/

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