Post7 April, 20224 min de lectura

The 3 essential challenges of the CISO and their keys to address them

Los 3 retos del CISO y sus claves para comprenderlos mejor

The consolidation of the hybrid work environment together with the sophistication of cyber threats has put security in the focus of companies, where CISOs and IT managers, in general, have a key role.

IDC Research Spain predicts that during this 2022 the trend of adopting security as a service will be confirmed, at least in 38% of companies, since the massive migration to the cloud demands intrinsic security to protect company assets .

We share with you the 3 essential challenges that the CISO must face and their keys to better understand them, in order to successfully address and accelerate cybersecurity.

1. The complexity of security

Each of the surfaces to be protected brings with it different complexities and casuistry. Having the know-how to effectively manage and control everything that cybersecurity entails is a high added value, which companies prefer to cover with a specialist partner .

Specifically, we highlight these three factors that make security such a complex labyrinth when it comes to detecting, preventing and responding to vulnerabilities, threats and attacks : perimeter opening, threat sophistication, the human factor and a multitude of products different.

2. Budget investment

According to one of IDC Research Spain ‘s key predictions, by 2023 55% of organizations will allocate half of their security budgets to cross-technology ecosystems/platforms designed for rapid consumption and unified security to drive agile innovation.

The economic impact of a security breach and its repercussions on the business is usually greater than what it would have cost to avoid it. Here, the saying: “prevention is better than cure” must be a maxim. The risks of an attack are already well known: operational stoppage with its consequent irreversible economic loss, reputational crisis, loss of clients, leak of confidential data, etc.

Of course, a company can recover from a cyberattack, but with total certainty it will mark a before and after, leaving a scar in its history, which could have been avoided.

3. The risks underlying the hybrid work environment

How to protect the company by guaranteeing connectivity and access to the corporate network in a decentralized environment and with employees working with personal devices (BYOD)?

In a hybrid work model, connectivity needs are continually changing because employees can connect whenever and wherever they are , ensuring their productivity. However, in this context, any user and device can easily become an attack surface, opening the door to security risks due, precisely, to the opening of the perimeter beyond the office environment.

Connectivity and security . Two challenges in one to guarantee connection and secure access to the corporate network and centralize the orchestration of all devices, according to the needs of each user. To do this, organizations must educate employees , deploy solutions that allow them to work from personal computers (BYOD) with the same security as if they were corporate computers managed by IT, and establish controls that protect the different attack surfaces to guarantee security.

Effectively addressing digital security requires a unified approach, and Microsoft’s cloud security solutions platform is clearly a competitive advantage over other alternatives.


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