Many businesses have been battling with the coronavirus pandemic since 2020 and now we are seeing growing insecurity and and a greater number of risks since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. Supply chain issues, production delays and fluctuating demand are all having a significant impact. On top of all these worries, companies are having to adapt their processes, investing in hardware, software and digital infrastructures as they do so. To overcome these challenges, it’s essential to be able to react quickly and adopt an entirely new mindset. Read on to find out how companies can tackle this fast transformation and also the resulting increasingly strict security requirements.
Let’s assume that organisations have gone through three phases since 2020.
Businesses and organisations initially focus on ensuring business operations, that their employees can carry on working from home, and their customers have access to goods and services. Investments in e-commerce business are top of the agenda and managers continue to ensure that core business and supply chains were maintained.
Businesses understand the changing demands of the markets and their employees, creating an opportunity for new ideas and visions. The result is a new mindset that’s fit for the future, which is achieved by restructuring product portfolios and rapidly streamlining a scalable operating model. Security risks have to reevaluated and zero trust standards prioritised.
In this phase, the IT organisation reviews its cybersecurity strategy. Companies redefine themselves and their underlying business models in order to exploit every opportunity to bolster the business and make the organisation and its processes more robust. Continually adapting the business to the changing business landscape and tweaking technologies and processes to adhere to laws and compliance requirements are essential in this crucial phase. IT managers must develop and implement new security concepts based on a sound roadmap, whilst business needs are balanced with the risk situation.
At the heart of this concept is the thought that everything must be checked before systems and applications can be accessed. The identity of every person, every admin account, every application, every bot and process must be validated and managed by a control process. This strategic approach demands that network, end devices, workloads and employees must fulfil all zero-trust criteria and be adapted as required. This policy is backed up by overarching visibility into the IT landscape through intelligent methods of analysis. Automation and orchestration allocate specific tasks to services, processes, applications and workloads and manage the dependencies between them. The security concept is backed up by components such as Identity Access Management (IAM) and Privileged Access Management (PAM).
If you, like many other organisations, have recently made changes to your corporate architecture and now use new tools for collaboration, for example, it’s time to carry out a risk assessment of your environment.
To help, the use of standardised processes and practical recommendations for action can be useful:
Understanding the risks posed to your newly configured ecosystem will help you determine security project priorities and use resources and budgets more enterprisingly. Project scopes and which tasks need to be implemented with the highest priority can best be defined in workshops or with the help of an assessment and subsequent analysis.
A multi-layered security approach with the right tools is essential, but be sure to keep measures to a minimum. Bechtle has developed a security standard based on an Advanced Security Framework, which addresses network and perimeter security as well as all zero-trust model components. Our security specialists also put organically grown networks through their paces and consider securing critical production networks. Another factor playing an increasingly important role in the development of network architectures is the consistent separation of IT and OT. We develop modern, needs-based, scalable and flexible multi-cloud infrastructures for our customers always under consideration of end-to-end security.
Achieve your security objectives and focus on the long-term realisation of your security vision.
Implement a holistic IT security approach and make this a component of your digital transformation.
The right tools for modelling your security vision are:
Successful modelling or adapting a cybersecurity strategy is no easy task. The principal pillars of a standard security framework are good parameters for a future-proof setup—identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.
The result is a cybersecurity strategy that can keep pace with a dynamic environment. Get in touch if you’d like to make your corporate IT security fit for the future.