The street map has now become a nostalgic term. If you want to get to your destination safely, you can rely on satellite navigation these days. And yet haptic planning with a visible path and goal is still there. This also applies to IT: Technology is changing at a pace that is a challenge for many companies.
The Network Landscape Is Becoming Increasingly Complex
For those responsible for security in the company, this means questioning traditional concepts. In order to control the risk, new control mechanisms have to be implemented. A strategic plan, a cybersecurity road map, for your own IT security is the main point here.
Understand And Evaluate The Risks
At the beginning of the task, the management must record and understand the current security status of the company. This includes checking all security-related assets. This includes hardware, software and network configurations as well as previous audit results. Gathering this information leads to a better understanding of the critical data types that the company needs.
The next step is to evaluate the information. This is done in cooperation with all relevant departments in the company. It is important that the heads of the business units understand each asset and help to make it understandable to everyone else involved. Once all risks have been identified and assessed, the strategic plan can begin to be developed. While IT is mainly responsible for the development of the logistics once the plan has been drawn up, the challenges that can arise for the employees must also be taken into account: the cybersecurity road maps must be understandable so that all affected employees understand them and the system can comply. The security officer must therefore be fully informed about the needs of the individual departments. Priorities have to be set in order to achieve the goal. Individual steps are for example, the identification of risks that arise in connection with suppliers, third-party providers and consultants. Digital tools can prevent external attacks. Contract management tools streamline the entire life cycle of contracts. Digital workflows can avoid accidental liability for problems.