SECURITY2 March, 20213 min de lectura

The house of cards paradox and the importance of cybersecurity

Have you ever tried to build a house of cards?

It is a project that requires a well-defined plan, going card by card – step by step – and demands maximum focus with millimetric precision so that each one is perfectly placed and aligned with the previous one so that, as a whole, they solidly support the vertical growth of the castle. However, you can have the best cards with perfectly aligned edges and a surgeon’s pulse, but even so, an external (unavoidable) or internal factor (any kind of incident or human error) will shake everything that has been built and, in many cases, the castle will collapse and crumble with irreversible consequences.

Analyze the paradox of the house of cards in the business context, it can help us see how fragile any organization is in the face of the risks underlying digitalizationWith the increasing sophistication of cyber threats and the rise of hybrid work, in which many users connect to the corporate environment from unprotected personal computers (BYOD).

How do I know if I am building a house of cards?

The companies and those responsible for each business area are focused on their activity, with a well-defined plan, letter by letter and aligned with the strategic objectives to contribute to building a larger company. However, if the company had a security breach now, would they have the resources and knowledge to detect it in time and fix it?

In this hyper-connected environment where we use multiple platforms and cloud services, you must ensure that you have all potential attack surfaces – identities, devices, applications, data and infrastructure – protected. Otherwise, you are suffering from the house of cards paradox.

If you’re connected, you’re vulnerable; it’s a fact of life. In fact, according to the most recent IDC data, 57% of European organizations suffered a ransomware attack that blocked access to their systems in 2021, although this is not the only threat facing enterprises. The good news is that the company can be protected, unlike the house of cards. The solution? Invest in cybersecurity to be better protected against cyber threats and prevent security incidents, both external and internal.

“The economic impact of a security breach is usually far greater than what it would have cost to prevent it.”

Carlos Colell, CEO of SOFTENG

To address cybersecurity it is necessary to create a culture of digital trust that allows us to adopt a Zero Trust security model, to enhance security by simplifying its complexity and, finally, to have the support of a partner that provides the appropriate technological training and resources.