7 protection practices in digital transformation

Digital transformation: despite the potential risk in its adoption, retreating is simply not an option in today's modern business market. 

As companies embrace digital innovation, in addition, they include automating their operations, the potential for a cyber attack increases. 

First of all, leaders who want to stay competitive need to understand and implement a variety of new concepts when embracing digital innovation

This applies from the development of web applications, as well as the use of digital tools to obtain and retain customers. 

As companies embrace digital innovation, as well as automating their operations, the potential for a cyber attack increases. 

Furthermore, keeping the expanding workspace safe means that there are many decisions to be made when working towards digital maturity.

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However, along the way, cybercriminals expect organizations to be too busy thinking about the business benefits of digital transformation to prioritize the cybersecurity components of this process. 

And they are watching and waiting to exploit any of the security flaws created when the new technology is introduced to the network.

Dealing with cyber threats in Digital Transformation  

Whether applications, just like cloud services or entirely new infrastructures, cyber risks exist in every new venture in the digital transformation process.

This has undoubtedly left organizations vulnerable when they are struggling with all the problems that inevitably arise when making changes to their digital environment. 

This is especially dangerous, since when security is left in the background, as a result, networks are left open to new threat vectors.

As a result, it can still lead to the introduction of malware on the network, stolen data and systems compromised with damage to the digital reputation.

In order to improve their defenses, it is important in principle that organizations create an network strategy based on security, certainly expands automatically to any new network environment, application strategy or device deployment. 

In addition, postponing security issues until the network has been developed, only increases the chances of new security breaches being introduced and a resulting cyber attack. 

However, to prevent this from happening and to create a security-based network, we share 7 best practices to better protect your digital transformation efforts.

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Digital Cloud Transformation

1. Prioritizing security in the cloud

First, cloud providers protect only the underlying architecture of a cloud environment, not the data itself. An organization's responsibility lies in protecting the data and applications that are moved to the cloud, along with any virtual infrastructure they build there. 

THE cloud security therefore, choosing a reliable vendor to help design, build and maintain consistent security in your multi-cloud environment can be complex.

Linking it back to core, branch and mobility security architectures with a single console for visibility and holistic control is extremely important.

2. Use zero trust access protocols

Because many data breaches are caused by individuals who gain access to unauthorized levels of network resources and devices, zero trust, combined with strict access control, is critical. 

To further protect these network environments, it is recommended that security teams should also introduce two-factor authentication. To implement dynamic segmentation of the network to limit who sees what, and to carefully monitor devices.

3. Stay up to date on privacy laws

Tough sanctions await those who violate the rigid data protection regulations of the EU (GDPR). 

With the new privacy laws, it can be easy to slip up. Organizations should look for security tools that offer guidance on remaining compatibility in the midst of digital transformation. 

4. Monitoring your presence on the web

As cybercriminals continue to target vulnerable websites, security teams must take additional steps to ensure that their websites and web applications can address these threats. 

This includes securing SaaS applications, deploying web application firewalls, and implementing CASB solutions ( Cloud Access Security Broker ) and terminal security tools for mobile users. Organizations should also choose only solutions designed to function as an integrated system for uniform coverage and without security breaches.

5. Securing applications 

The software developers who build the applications used in organizations do not always prioritize security, especially in third-party applications that are usually installed on personal devices. 

For these types of applications, organizations must deploy terminal security, while in-house application development, be sure to take advantage of security tools throughout the development process.

Let's not forget to include container-based solutions designed for agile development strategies and DevOps teams.

6. Strengthening wireless connections

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Digital Transformation - Wireless

It is no secret that secure wireless access points play a critical role in modern organizations. 

Cybercriminals are aware of this trust, which means that security teams must take a proactive approach to protecting their wireless connections. This can be accomplished by running wireless traffic through a state-of-the-art firewall.

7. Extending security to remote locations

In addition to securing connectivity to and between remote locations, organizations must also take care to protect and manage the LAN of the local branch. 

Without your IT staff in place, a simple and comprehensive solution is needed, ensuring a wide variety of traditional and IoT devices on site.

In such cases, a solution of the type is strongly recommended. SD-Branch.

Conclusions for applying Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a critical business priority, but if cybersecurity is not incorporated from day one, organizations will leave themselves, their employees and customers, open to serious cyber risks. 

Try to start with security, instead of leaving it as an afterthought, and enjoy the digital age in an intelligent, safe and protected way.

This is a summary of an article written for Security Week by Fortinet CMO and EVP, Products, John Maddison. The entire article can be accessed on here.


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