As enterprises have become increasingly digital over recent years – moving a substantial amount of operations online and onto virtual systems – the risks of a security failure have climbed.
These risks are compounded when new technologies such as cloud computing and mobile devices are introduced into the workflow of the company. This IT advancement certainly shows no sign of slowing down and it's going to be vital to start focusing on both the types of risks and the preventative action organisations can take.
These measures need to go beyond IT security training and systems, into a deeper understanding of IT security threats. In addition, organisations can utilise architectures to develop strong security practices.
Understanding the security risks
IT security risks can manifest in a number of different areas, and it's important that companies understand what can cause these issues.
Below, two areas of security risk have been detailed.
Mobile: Mobile devices have become a mainstay of most modern organisations, in every sector from government to manufacturing. These tools provide powerful collaboration and communication benefits.
However, mobile devices are also open to security breaches if not properly protected. Risk factors range from not securing devices on networks to leaving them unlocked in public spaces. As the devices can access company networks, any attack can result in data breaches.
Cloud-based storage: When properly established, a cloud-based storage solution is highly secure while also offering substantial functionality. Even mobile devices can access these systems, sharing files with other staff on larger computers.
Failing to develop proper security means essentially placing secure data in an open location – something that enterprises need to avoid.
Survey finds troubling statistics
The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) recently published a reported titled 'Network Security Trends in the Era of Cloud and Mobile Computing', which detailed a survey conducted across enterprise security.
ESG polled 397 security professionals working within enterprise organisations, asking them to rate their security teams across a number of areas. The results were surprising.
In fact, 44 per cent of organisations stated that they have an inadequate number of staff trained in areas such as security and networking technology. A staggering 47 per cent explained that the actual number of network security staff was inadequate.
"What's most troubling about this data is that network security is nothing new," the ESG report explained.
"Yes, smart product vendors and service providers stand to benefit from the continuous cybersecurity skills shortage but in the meantime, all of our data is at risk."
Security systems need to become an essential part of enterprise strategies, but it's also necessary to begin assessing how strong frameworks can assist with developing security within the organisation.
A strong security architecture
In addition to a strong security system and an understanding of the major threats to enterprise IT, it's essential to also focus on a security framework.
These courses that go into detail when it comes to managing security within a business environment.
SABSA is one of the most appropriate frameworks and methodologies for enterprises, taking a top-to-bottom approach. It guides the company from the initial concept stage through design, implementation and management.
Once in place, organisations have a tool to manage risk and seamlessly integrate security into the wider IT architecture.
IT continues to advance, with new technologies facilitating improved communication and collaboration. Enterprises that prioritise IT security will certainly stand to benefit from reduced data breaches and successful attacks over the next few years.
Of course, these organisations will need to focus on maintaining a strong security culture, including putting frameworks and methodologies in place to better control security.
Speak to ALC Training/PDA today if you need to find out more about appropriate security frameworks for enterprises.