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Security professionals often focus on the threats and breaches that dominate the headlines — Equifax, Marriott International, Aadhaar — and not necessarily on those most critical to the organization.

A perfect example is when security teams hold back on cloud initiatives because of unsubstantiated cloud security worries. This exaggerated fear can result in lost opportunity and inappropriate spending. These high-profile stories are full of doom-and-gloom scenarios.

Organizations must strike a balance between what is needed in a security program and the risks to undertake for the business to move forward. Without this balance, organizations miss opportunities and secutity becomes an expensive distraction in the minds of enterprise leaders. That may be easier said than done. Digital disruption might be moving forward at increasing speed, but the core beliefs wired into our minds often don’t help. It’s time to reframe your mindset to success in the midst of disruption. Change the conceptual and/or emotional viewpoint with which you view a situation to a new frame of reference that fits the “facts” of your future market reality. Then you can create the new context for change.

Build Trust and Resilience

Digital business has created a new ecosystem, one in which partners add new business capabilities and security complexities. The vision for risk and security must be based on an ecosystem that enables trust and resilience.

The objective is to provide an ecosystem that balances the imperative to protect the enterprise with the need to adopt innovative, risky new technology approaches to remain competitive. The majority of vulnerabilities exploited will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals at the time of the incident. Success and achieving a competitive advantage is dependent upon an organization’s willingness to adopt a new set of trust and resilience principles.

  • Shift to risk-based decision making and away from checkbox compliance.
  • Begin supporting business outcomes rather than solely protecting infrastructure.
  • Become a facilitator, not a defender.
  • Determine how information flows; don’t try to control it.
  • Become people-centric and accept the limits of technology.
  • Invest in detection and response, and stop trying to perfectly protect the organization.
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