Digital technologies are transforming the business world, and a larger number of companies have adopted the internet-of-things (IoT) devices to move their data into cloud environments for easier and safer access.
The advent of these technologies has enabled firms to reimagine the traditional business models to innovate new ways to leverage data for their long-term strategies, growth being one.
While digital transformation brings a range of opportunities to today’s companies, at the same time it additionally brings challenges. Some of the most prevalent being the evolving security needs which come with an expanding digital presence.
Digital transformation is not a choice; it is a process which all firms must go through. As companies transform their business and take advantage of new technologies like cloud, mobility and internet of things (IoT) there are increasing security risks in the digital transformation which should be considered.
To initiate a digital transformation project, there is an urgent need for organizations to bring together the three pillars of management which include people, process and technology both in the planning and strategy phase, by offering them an opportunity to see where technologies like data analytics, internet of things (IoT), mobile and social can make a difference.
Security Transformation in the age of Digitalisation
Recent researches have pointed that security is the largest factor which is standing in between enterprise digital transformation efforts. Companies feel that security has been and will matter when the organisational change and digital transformation is adopted. With efforts to bring data transformation into business, organisations have been on the front run to move more data and systems to the cloud as cyberattacks get more sophisticated.
In the data transformation era, enterprises are grappling with security issues in three key areas across threat management and operations which include:
• DevOps: Integrated DevOps teams and processes have led to the continuous delivery and integration pipeline with the enterprises. However, the faster development and release process makes it easier for security vulnerabilities which can pass undetected.
• Polymorphic Attacks: Polymorphic attacks are sophisticated attacks which can change and adapt to avoid being detected by traditional security solutions. This style of attack has become more common which organisations accepting it as a real challenge gripping them.
• Lack of Visibility: This challenge comes from a legacy of non-integrated, siloed multi-vendor point defense products. In order to secure complex, highly distributed environments which span across enterprise data centers, hybrid clouds, and remote branches the security teams must maintain cohesive visibility to identify anomalous behaviour to rapidly mitigate threats.
Security transformation a term that makes enterprises sit up and take notice has been the talk of the boardrooms. So, why should enterprises care about it? Security transformation is the integration of security into all areas of digital technology, which explains how security is architected, deployed, and operated when an enterprise is undergoing a digital transformation. At the same time, security transformation is more than just technology it is also about securing how teams adjust to change management. With the wide range of different technologies being adopted under the banner of digital transformation, the different teams associated with key projects like networking, applications, and security have to work in tandem to achieve a common goal, of a secure and successful digital transformation.
Digital transformation has also led to a major focus as privacy protections and greater compliance requirements the backbone of every enterprise change. With the more sophisticated and damaging cyber attacks, regulatory bodies have become stricter with rigorous rules and guidelines to protect consumer data and personally identifiable information (PII).
In a nutshell, digital transformation will continue to impact how organizations approach business and technology currently and, in the years, to come. As networks become more complex, organizations must adjust their approach to security in a bid to ensure there are no gaps in protection. By following the best practices into security, like as integration and automation, organizations can reduce the security challenges and stresses which accompany digital transformation
For organisations looking forward to digital transformation, the imperatives increase if the workload of already strained IT teams becomes too huge and struggles to keep pace with business needs, security challenges, and compliance requirements.
Going forward, in the digital transformation Era, security is an important concern and must be integral, holistic, and automated from the outset rather than pieced together over time.