Everything has changed. For C-suite executives, daily conversations about operations and profits now include business continuity, safety, security and resilience. Working from home has opened up new attack vectors and workforce issues—including those from insider threats. Three challenges organizations face are how to:
- Outmaneuver future uncertainty: Rethink culture, collaborative practices, and the technology necessary to enable distributed working environments at scale.
- Outwit cybercriminals: Malicious threat actors are taking advantage as organizations reconfigure their vulnerable supply chains, offer more digital experiences, and meet the growing demands of a remote workforce.
- Outstep previous performance: Security leaders must adapt to service new business priorities and evolve how they detect, defend and recover from threats in the face of unprecedented demands.
Security leaders are in pole position to act as key influencers to make the practical changes that keep their organizations safe and secure—and help people adopt new ways of working that apply adaptive security in the long term.
As organizations stabilize their current operations, security leaders can put the right controls in place to create a safe and secure working environment to achieve business continuity for their enterprise. Here are four elements of adaptive security which apply now:
Adaptive security offers organizations a secure and smooth experience to achieve business continuity. Security leaders can reinvent access by using cloud-based solutions to meet the increased demand for fast, frictionless, and secure remote access to enterprise data and applications. The use of a zero trust framework for authentication helps to protect remote access using strong authentication.
Security practices that serve today's needs, as well as the future's:
Think "anytime, anywhere"
Secure all users, devices, and network traffic consistently with the same degree of effectiveness, regardless of where they are based. Remember that secure network access and applications are just as fast with security as they are without—if not faster.
Give users access to what they need when they need it. Make these changes transparent to them—without asking them to “jump through hoops” to do their job effectively.
Bring calm and confidence
Security leaders can be the catalyst for change, using empathy and compassion to deliver a more agile response. Employing adaptive security creates confidence—such as using expanding access to more remote users.
Where possible, simplify
Consider managed services and automate where it makes sense. Security event response, tool deployment, and rule management can benefit from limited human intervention.
Build for resilience
As organizations look to emerge stronger, business continuity and crisis management plans must be fit for purpose. Engage with business leaders to plan, prepare and practice for greater cybersecurity resilience, backed by the right resources and investments.
Accenture believes a multi-dimensional crisis management strategy, with many work streams and teams that collaborate closely, often on a daily basis, is the answer to security resilience—and can help to protect people from harm.